Almost from the moment the New York Times has been printing them, I have tried each day to connect to the portrait-obituaries of those killed in the September 11 terrorist attack. These were my fellow citizens. Their loved ones this Christmas will not only have an empty place at the table, theyll have an empty place in their hearts.
The stories are as varied as the people. Some lead or were part of bible studies, Sunday school teachers or Christian laypeople. Some were parents. Most of the portraits have pictures submitted by relatives. The stories are so sad. Many young people with entire lives and careers ahead of them are no more.
This is a worthy exercise for all of us. The portraits are on the New York Times webpage at www.nytimes.com/portraits. Let us not forget these people and this Christmas say a prayer for their families and ask God not only to bless those who are saved, but also to lead those who are not to the Jesus of Christmas. Im Cal Thomas in Washington.