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TAPS for 9/11: Life after Death

By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

9/11 strikes home for me, because my parents were having lunch on top of the World Trade Tower just two days before the planes struck.

In reflecting on 9/11,  I was struck by the appropriateness of the bugle song Taps.

“Day is done, gone the sun

From the lake, from the hills, from the sky

All is well, safely rest;

God is nigh.”

What gives us hope as we remember the heartache of 9/11?  Our past is gone, never to be retrieved again, except in our memories.  But we can safely rest, for God is nigh.  In the uncertainty of the unfolding future, we can say ‘It is well with my soul’ for God is nigh.  In the pain of grief, tragedy, and unexpected suffering, we can say that there is hope, because God is nigh.

The bugle call was written in 1862 by the Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, an American Civil War general.

Taps also replaced “Tattoo”, the French bugle call for “lights out.” Within months, Taps was used by both Union and Confederate forces.

The Taps bugler continues:

“Then goodnight, peaceful night;

Till the light of the dawn shineth bright.

God is near, do not fear,

Friend, goodnight.

Taps is a very sad bugle song. Few songs touch our hearts more deeply. That is why it is so appropriate at military funerals.  At the 1999 Taps Arlington Ceremony, Chaplain Colonel Brogan said the following:

“Lord of our lives, our hope in death, we cannot listen to Taps without our souls stirring.  Its plaintive notes are a prayer in music–of hope, of peace, of grief, of rest…  Prepare us too, Lord, for our final bugle call when you summon us home!  When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and death will be no more.”

At the heart of Taps is an assurance that the light of the dawn will shine brightly.  Light is always stronger than darkness.  Love is stronger than hate.  Life is stronger than death.

Taps reminds us that there is life after death.  Sometimes we experience smaller deaths like the death of a job, a marriage, or a relationship. Other times we experience the finality of a loved one’s funeral.  Taps reminds us that even in great pain and tragedy like 9/11, “God is near, do not fear’.

 Life can be very hard, sometimes heart-breaking.  May you find great comfort that there is life after every kind of death.  Jesus on the cross assured that.  God is near.

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

– previously published in the North Shore News/Deep Cove Crier

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