My most prominent memory of that time is that I couldn't seem to process anything. The events of the day leading up to that moment are fairly clear in my memory. I left my French 3 class and made a stop in the commons to buy a bag of Harvest Cheddar Sunchips to eat on the way to physics. From the point of entering the classroom on, things are a bit hazy. The one thought I can remember having is simply wondering if this was real or just some elaborate hoax. As far as emotions go, I don't remember feeling anything.
Last night, I got a text message from a dear friend saying that Osama bin Laden was dead. Perhaps it's because I haven't fully recovered from Holy Week and Easter yet. Perhaps it was that it was so late after a long Sunday. Perhaps it was that the news was simply too much for me to take in. Regardless of why, I remember having that same feeling of emptiness as I tried to process the news that Osama bin Laden was dead. This is where the beauty of social networking has, once again, been made unavoidably present in my life. As I was spending some time on Facebook today, I noticed that a lot of my friends have posted something about this news. The best news to me is that, so far, most of these posts, while using different words, are all saying the same thing. This is probably best summed up by Todd: "Celebrating death is tacky. Please stop." A number of other posts have gone on to include prayers and Bible passages to more fully express why celebrating death (even of a known terrorist) is "tacky".
On friend made a post to his blog called Mourning After. Another wrote a note on Facebook explaining his reflections. Others simply quote Scripture ("But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you" -Luke 6:27; "Do not rejoice when your enemies fall, and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble" -Proverbs 24:17; "Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live?" - Ezekiel 18:23) and prayers:
"O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." -Prayer For our Enemies, Book of Common Prayer, p. 816Many thanks to all of my friends who have helped me to process this situation and reminded me once again of the difficult and seemingly counter-intuitive way of life we Christians are called to follow.