Christian singer and songwriter Gretchen Keskeys pays tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with the heartfelt new single, "20 Years." The song is taken from Keskeys' upcoming fourth studio album, Her Faith, will be released this fall.
Keskeys writes, "I wrote this song with all of this on my heart as we remember the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001." Keskeys was a young wife and mother to a one year-old when the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 took place. Rising early that day, she turned on the TV and sat down with a cup of coffee. Nothing could have prepared her for what she was about to see.
"I had just turned on the news right as the second plane hit the South Tower," she said. "Within minutes I was on the floor in tears crying out loud to God."
Her thoughts immediately went to her baby daughter and what this could mean for her. Would her husband, a firefighter, need to go into work (he did), and would he be in danger? And she watched in pure horror, agony and heartbreak as the videos began to come in of those in the towers trying to escape the flames. For every American, that day was traumatic.
But up out of the ashes, something beautiful emerged in the days and weeks to come. Keskeys remembers, "There was a true and deep humbling that happened. We truly felt helpless. And God was our help and refuge. We WANTED to go to church. We found comfort and strength being near God and each other. We WANTED God to BLESS our nation. It was no longer about 'me,' it was about 'us.' And OUR nation. OUR country. We cared about each other and wanted to do everything we could to protect our nation."
What we experienced in the aftermath of 9/11 was, as Keskeys calls it, "the most beautiful outpouring of love and patriotism and brotherly love and camaraderie that we have ever seen in this country." We couldn't thank our police and firefighters enough.