Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Will Never Forget

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” ― Philippians 4:7

Let the day we will never forget be the day you always remember the goodness of God.

The alarm sounded and many Americans hit the snooze button on what seemed like any other normal work day. Many families left home without a second thought of telling each other “I love you.” Yet, many children kissed their moms and dads goodbye for the last time. Many spouses embraced their loved one for the final time. Unknowingly, many people entered the World Trade Centers with thoughts of projects, meetings, and tasks that had to be done. I’m sure that as those people entered those buildings, not one person thought of the possibility of a terrorist attack. Yet, as some of us turned on the news that morning, we saw that the unbelievable had taken place.

A plane had struck one tower of the World Trade Centers. Reporters were talking of a possible accident, or of a pilot who had made a mistake. Not one reporter even mentioned the thought of an attack on America. There, as we watched the billowing smoke rise from the building, the unbelievable happened. A second plane hit the second tower of the World Trade Centers.

Everyone was shocked. No one knew what to say. This second plane had brought the unbelievable into reality: someone was attacking America. People scrambled as debris and smoke filled that section of New York City. Were there more planes to follow? What was going to happen next? No one was safe anymore. People screamed and ran for cover while watching these two massive symbols of our nation’s economy crumble and fall to the ground.

I’m sure that no one will forget the date September 11, 2001, for a long time. September 11 is officially marked as “Patriot Day” to honor those who have died. There are plans in the works to erect a memorial at Ground Zero.

Now, fast forward seven years. Here we are, left to cope with the great loss that fell upon us all on that day. How can we get through this day when the attention is centered on such a great tragedy? How can anyone have comfort during this remembrance of such turmoil? Friend, not everyone can have peace in a time of loss and sorrow. Not everyone knows the Source of eternal peace.

As Christians, we can have peace today, knowing that God had His Hand upon all that happened seven years ago. We don’t pretend to understand everything, for there is no way we, as humans, could explain why God allowed this attack to happen. We must simply trust that God had a divine plan in it all.

While everyone is remembering the seven year anniversary of 9/11 today, some people may ask you what you think about it. Use this opportunity to tell them of Christ. Tell them of His perfect plan for that day and His plan for their life. Tell them that He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Let today not only be a day of remembrance, but let it be a day when you share the good news of Christ with a lost soul in need of a Saviour. ~Paul Chappel

Turn off my music box at the bottom of the page, then turn up your volume and watch this beautiful video of a little girl talking to her Daddy in heaven.

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