In 2001, Steve Schneibner was pastoring a church in Maine. He was also a pilot for American Airlines. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, he should have been in the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 11— but he was not.
Schneibner had been scheduled to fly American Airlines Flight 11 on that fateful day but he awoke on September 11th to learn that he had been “bumped” by a pilot with more seniority. Little did he know what was about to take place only hours later.
Over the many years, Schneibner has told his story in churches and other venues nationwide. He has honored the memory of Tom McGuinness who sat in the cockpit of Flight 11 when it crashed into the north face of the World Trade Center’s Tower 1 at 8:46 am that day. And with humility and adoration, Schneibner has told about another man who took his place 2,000 years ago and died the death he should have died. With strong faith in the providence of God and a biblical worldview, Schneibner has shared his feelings of having been spared from death and God’s purpose for leaving him on this earth.
Video clipped for teaching purposes from a much longer message.
Do NOT miss our 9/11 Tribute song. Take a minute to remember the victims of 9/11 and pray for their families and friends who still feel the pain of their absence in this life. This video will make you cry and move you to pray for God’s protection on our nation from the evil in the world that seeks to destroy. Then read about the importance of rightly remembering.
Do You Remember Or Do You Forget?
Excerpt from Why the Butterfly? A Book About Remembering
There are events that are forever etched in our memories, and yet there are others that quickly vanish. If asked where you were at the moment you heard about the events of September 11, 2001, it’s likely you would quickly respond with details. You would tell of where you were when it happened and the people with whom you shared your shock and sadness concerning the horrific events of that day. Those who were alive on December 7, 1941 remember another attack on American soil. In fact, Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the attack on Pearl Harbor as “a date which will live in infamy.” Events such as those are easily remembered, largely due to memorials held on their anniversaries. So also, other events that have occurred on the world stage are easily remembered because of historical records.
Advancements in technology and extensive media coverage have now brought news and images of world events into our own living rooms, unfolding in real time. It’s almost as if we are there and personally experiencing it. Such “up close and personal” experiences can etch the details in our minds and strengthen our remembrance of them.
Equally, if not more important than remembering national and world news, is remembering the events, people, places, etc. that touch our lives personally. They might never be recorded in print or on video, but they have greater impact on us and far more influence in directing our paths.
Consider the people, places and events that you hold dear, those that you count as important and memorable. Perhaps they evoke precious memories that bring joy to your heart, or maybe they bring to mind memories of pain or sadness. Whichever it may be, it’s likely those memories continue to have an affect on your life and significantly alter your path.
Why is Remembering Important?
Our minds are a precious gift from God and we are to use them to reason in God honoring ways. Our ability to remember directs our lives, and by allowing our memories to reveal God’s presence and faithfulness we will remember rightly. Then, when we experience difficult times, or times of feeling distant from God, we will remember that He is always there. He is faithful and true, and is creating a beautiful mosaic of our lives—a mosaic designed according to His plan, and for His purposes.
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