In Karen Hughes’ book, Ten Minutes from Normal, which is the story of her experiences as a member of the staff of former president George W. Bush, she tells many details about 9/11. The book has a small amount of bad language, but is otherwise an excellent book to help understand a crucial time in American history. She tells about a little girl who wonders why people in other countries can hate Americans. The little girl asks a wonderful question: “Why don’t we tell them our names?”
Surely it is easier to criticize and lambaste and hate people we don’t know personally. I believe that it is also easier to blame people in the past for problems we see in our world today when we don’t know more about their lives and when we judge them by today’s standards without understanding their circumstances.
I love to look at old photographs. They help me to see the people of the past as real people whom God loved and whom Jesus died to save. Here are some examples of photos from the video I shared with you last week. I love to look at these photos and to share them with other people. Each of these is in America the Beautiful.
These children are signing the National Anthem at a Cincinnati school for deaf children c. 1918.
President Bush comforts a first responder in New York City a few days after 9/11.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt comforts injured sailors in July 1944.
The Mississippi River is the scene of baptisms in 1907.
A Native American woman works at a switchboard at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, June 26, 1925.
A grandfather carries his grandson at Manzanar War Relocation Center during World War II.
Children gather around future president Herbert Hoover whose efforts helped to feed 2 million people every day in Poland after World War I.
One of the first Head Start teachers smiles as she teaches her class in 1965.
General Eisenhower encourages his troops before D-Day.
Scientist and teacher George Washington Carver enjoys painting God’s Creation.
So God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.
I hope you can join me for a webinar on Wednesday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. Central. I plan talk more about the people of American history while introducing our new edition of America the Beautiful. Click below to sign up for free. You may sign up and watch the webinar later if you can’t be there in person on Wednesday afternoon.