"Remember and turn to the Lord"
Well, another year has passed. It's been more than ten years since that Tuesday morning. My one and four-year-olds are now 11 and 14. Life has moved on, and yet, we find ourselves thinking of who and where we were ten years ago.
Remembering is sometimes unpleasant. Regardless, many Americans willingly sat down to watch a TV special remembering September 11. Some even attended a service, in their local church or park, or in New York, Pennsylvania or at the Pentagon. Sometimes after we've gone through something difficult, we are glad for events that take our mind off of the pain, but on the anniversary of 9/11, we choose to acknowledge the painful events of that day.
And ten years later, those same feelings remain. We feel sadness for those who died, and for their families; for the loss of our "innocence," which simply means we never imaged something like that could happen to us. And now we know it can.
|The Pentagon Memorial ~ Washington, DC|
|Flight 93 memorial ~ Shanksville, Pennsylvania|
|Rebuilding at Ground Zero, New York City|
But while I'm remembering, aching and in awe, all at the same time, I'm thinking of Him. I'm remembering His sacrifice on the cross. The pain and the courage of Him not only dying on the cross, but enduring the pain and mocking that went before it. And I want to feel the same anger on His behalf ~ not anger at those who shouted, "Crucify Him!" but anger at myself, because my sin is the reason He had to.
And I want that indignant feeling to bring out in me a resolve to live a life worthy of being saved. My acknowledgement of His death on the cross for me, my belief in Him are the key to my salvation. But I want that determination to live my life for Him, in appreciation for the eternal life with Him He has promised me.
And I want to remember frequently, with overwhelming gratitude and awe, His facing death, that I might have that life in Him.
~ "All the ends of the earth will remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before Him" ~