Remembering 9/11

We remember September 11, 2001. It is etched in my mind like few things will ever be. This Sunday we will observe the 10th anniversary of this horrific event. As we do, I search for hope out of horror by concentrating on a couple of thoughts.

Reflect
I get the opportunity to reflect on what this has meant for me. More than added security at airports and more than color coded alerts, it has emphasized the brevity of life. The apostle James told us in his epistle life was but a vapor. It has never been truer than after the events of that morning. Almost three thousand left their homes that day, their families and themselves not knowing they would never be back.

The depravity of humanity and the suffering of sin have also been brought to the surface. The people that planned it and executed it, the people that have rejoiced in this attack…I do not understand it but God did tell us in His Word that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” The result – death and pain. So many died and families were left behind, hurting like never before. I watched “The Children of 9/11” a couple of nights ago…heartbreaking and tragic. Reflect on never forgetting.

Renew
More than just reflecting, I want to renew my love for this country, my love for others and my love for God. My heart going out to our fellow citizens that were hurting, our families clinging to one another and the fervor for our foundation of faith. That I want to renew.

Relationships are what glues life together. Love God and others like you have never loved before because you never know if you will have another chance to show it. Hang on to what is true, honorable and good. Keep your commitments to these positive things and 9/11 will be more than a remembrance.

The 9/11 Memorial will try to keep it before us. But, are we the same since? If something that shook our world like the events of that day doesn’t get our attention, what will? Please let us not forget. It has to make us better. It has to.

 

Our Father, In the midst of pain and suffering You alone can bring everlasting comfort. May that comfort be with the families and friends that grieve. May You, in your unique and supernatural way, bring blessings abundant out of building ashes. May pain and suffering lead us to You and not away from You. May the reflection of today bring us clarity tomorrow. May our hearts be renewed in every good way possible. You inspired the psalmist to say that if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) Allow us to do this…to make Your omnipotence our foundation, as we depend on Christ to be our immovable and eternal Rock…so we can stand firm. It is in His name we pray and stand, Amen.

Caring in the Workplace, as a Senior Certified Chaplain with Corporate Chaplains of America

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