Talking about Grounded

 It kinda seemed fitting to recall this post on this day after 9/11. I think about the Florida preacher that wanted to burn the Koran. I think about the hurt and anger in America following that horrendous day. I think about the out pouring of patriotism to a degree I had never seen before. I think about the iconic images of the ground zero mass of twisted steel. I think about the Florida preacher that wanted to burn the Koran. Yes, I said that twice. Is it a holy book? It is definitely a revered book, but holy? It seems to me a people have consecrated the musings of a mad man, a terrorist.

2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.

Lord Jesus grant us wisdom in this hour as we try to love our enemies. Pull down those strong holds in our lives Lord Jesus. Focus the American spirt on your will Lord and be the light that guides us in this war.




Air traffic around Atlanta isn’t an unusual sight. I never realized how uncommon it was until after I met Sweet’taters. She was born and raised in NE Tennessee. Even today there is very little air traffic there. One of the local hillbillies does fly an ultralite but, other private, commercial or military flights are infrequent.

Her folks, Mammaw and Tootie, visited in our home near Atlanta during the summer of ’88. They were both raised in Sneedville, TN. Tootie was fascinated with airplanes. He had flown with a couple of barnstormers earlier in his and aviation’s day. He was instantly bitten by the bug but remained earth bound most of his days. Tenant farming and raising a family of eight during an era from the early 1930s through the early 1970s kept him pretty will grounded.

On his visit to Atlanta he wanted to watch the planes take of and land at Hartsfield Atlanta International. It was a fun day. At that time you could still park and watch from a spot just off one of the runways. Back at the house he sat outside watching planes and whittling from early morning until well after dark. We often take for granted the common place never realizing how uncommon it may be for others. Now I could go off on another tangent here but I’ll spare you.

On Sept 11, 2001 the silence of the skies around Atlanta became surreal. The hours of empty skies that followed were hauntingly eerie. Some commercial flights resumed on the 15th. On the 19th most restrictions were lifted. Having grown up with the buzz, drone and screech of planes frequently overhead was just part of the noise of life. How strange and amplifying it was that times were changing.

We have a small home in NE Tennessee now days. We try to visit and spend as much time as possible there. The quieter skies and slower pace allow moments of reflection uncluttered with background noise. At the time of the 9/11 attacks Tootie was in UT Hospital, Knoxville. 87 years young and still looking with wide eyed wander for a passing plane. His heart was playing out. Six days later Tootie got his wings and flew off into a brave new sky.

I think about him every time I look to the heavens at a passing plane. What a miracle of grace that we would be allowed to build wings and soar with the eagles. What an awesome responsibility we have to guard the freedom of our skies to insure that terrorism and the mad men behind it will never ground the American spirit.

09/11/2001 – 09/17/2001. We will never forget.



About jingeorgia

Searching high and low no matter where i go it always seems the same: shades of grey. Or, was that gray?
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10 Responses to Talking about Grounded

  1. john says:

    The difference of a muslim and a Christian; the muslim is a slave to the law, being born of a slave, a Christian lives under the Grace of Christ. The choice of freedom or slavery. God gives us choices.

  2. Rambling says:

    Wonderful and true blog J. I can\’t express enough how much I liked it and agree with its truth. I am so glad I checked to see if you updated. And glad you all know and love Tennessee.

  3. kïrstin says:

    sweet story, J. also, i think its interesting you referred to the same scripture in ll cor that i did in a recent post.k☼

  4. Beth says:

    Excellent post. I have visited in TN quite a few times. I will confess it was mostly in the Nashville area. I love TN and hope to visit again.

  5. J says:

    j2JohnBord, Such a simple truth John. Open the eyes of our heart Lord that we may see your awesome hand in the story of Isaac and Ishmael. Grace vs Law!

  6. Janae's Fallgirl says:

    Good word there – adding the other part of that battle we fight, why the mind needs renewed with in God\’s wisdom(Romans 12:2) ….bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ casting down vain imaginings and evey high thing that exaults itself above the knowledge of God.

  7. Janae's Fallgirl says:

    Way to stay with truth there is light always have that freedom. Love enemy yeah, let rob you using twiste ma-made logic time to say no at some point nations will get it, before this mockery proceeds any further. Not gonna believe a lie and be damned. America has the right right to defend best interests. Mostly live in peace as much as possible I\’m for that! Interesting post, and "take to the skys" nice way to put btw("-")

  8. Here I Am says:

    Very nice post J I see you are experiementing a bit with your photos as well. Very nice..

  9. ··¤ SETH says:

    We will never be the same in America ever again. Our peaceful existence was tore from us forever. It was a day that made us wonder. Made us feel for those who were in the towers, the Pentagon and in the planes. Since that day, so many questions have come and gone. Some never have been answered. And there are others we perhaps should continue to ask ourselves. Shocked!! Horrified!! Scared!! Threatened, Sad!! Mad!! and Revengeful…Still am today, and I want those responsible to pay dearly!!!!!

  10. J says:

    j2Seth, Thanks for adding to this post Seth. I absolutely feel the same, and I realize daily that I must focus these emotions. There are Muslims who perhaps feel they are wrongly accused. To them I say a reformation of Islam is apparently overdue. Theirs is not a religion of peace.

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