I was at the Brownsburg Fire Department the morning of 9/11/01. It was a regular meeting as part of my role as a chaplain for the department. I know we all know where we were when we first heard the news. I have always thought how ironic it was to be at a fire department as the morning unfolded. Everything you and I felt about that day, the fire department men and women felt twice. They wanted to be there, they wanted to go (and later some of them did go as part of Indiana’s team that went to help). It was their training, their teaching their work to be where the action was, so to speak. About mid-way through the morning events a major fire erupted in town and they had to go and do their work. Back to routine, back to the daily grind, back to work.

That evening we held a worship service for the community, I remember hearing the hymns, praying the prayers, and listening to what God’s Word had to say. By gathering that night, with a candlelight vigil, we honored the men and women who had died and prayed for those responding. And we came together as a family of faith to hug, cry, and pray.

Well, here we are 14 years later. God brings light out of darkness, hope where there is none, and strength and courage when all odds are against us. The new tower is up, resurrection to be sure. Pause a moment today to give thanks, to pray and to remember. Then head back out into your daily life and work with renewed sense of joy and God’s presence in Christ!


Pr. Doug

Doug Givan

Staff Chaplain

St. Vincent Clay (Brazil)

St. Vincent Seton Specialty (Indianapolis)

dgivan@stvincent.org (email)