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Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Extra: After Crisis, What Changes?

It's not uncommon for human beings to consider life changes in the wake of loss, and as pastors we probably join the therapists and counselors who advise waiting a year before making material changes that can't be undone. It may not be wise to embark on something new (the sale of a house, a career shift) while grieving.

But when the event spurring the emotional chaos is global rather than immediately personal, it gets more complicated. About nine years ago, I remember seeing a segment on a morning news show about the way people made changes in their lives in response to the events of September 11. With a sudden sense of mortality or vulnerability, people married or divorced; they changed careers. For some there was a loss of faith, while for others a childhood faith became real and powerful again. I've heard more than one story of a call to ministry being heard, or finally acknowledged or acted upon, after September 11.

For this Monday Extra, share with us whether you made a major life change in response to 9/11, or saw others doing it. With the perspective of ten years, were these good decisions?  Please share your thoughts in the comments, or if you decide to write a post of your own, leave us a link to your blog.


  1. Heh. Yes, I did make major changes. But 9/11 was not the only impetus.

    I am going to write a blog about this, actually--would make for a very long comment!

    BRB when it's done to post a link...

  2. I couldn't compress it into a comment, so the blog post is here.

    Thank you, SB, for slowing me down to really think about those changes.

  3. hmmm, I don't think that I did make a major change. I do remember, though, that I resolved to be more aware of the moment and to not let little things and details get out of perspective.

    I was definitely impacted, though, because at that point, NYC was still a home for me, and I felt very connected to the tragedy.

    I am looking forward to reading Rainbow's post.

    Great question, Songbird!

  4. I wrote an addmittedly gloomy post yesterday, after some pondering of 9-11, but not about changes. The one that comes instantly to mind was a change my husband made. He could not stop thinking about those who who lost loved ones who might be regretting that the last words spoken were not kind or loving ones. He resolved to end every phone conversation with me or the kids by saying "I love you" and to kiss me good bye EVERY time he left the house. That resolve continues today. :-)


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