On this morning 17 years ago, I awoke to my radio alarm announcing that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. In my half conscious state, I stumbled out of bed and walked across the hall to my office where I turned on a television in time to see live, the second plane soar into the second tower.
For me, the world changed forever that day. An evil I had never known existed became a part of the fabric of my life. It had existed no doubt from the beginning of time as we know it, but, it entered my world that day and since then, I have walked through life differently. Not, in fear or in anxiety, but in the realization that evil is all around us in this broken world and that life is fragile.
May we for this one day, set aside our weapons of disagreement and strife and name calling and honor those who were taken?
2603 in the TwinTowers
351 Fire Fighters/EMTs
246 on Planes
125 at the Pentagon
60 Police Officers
May we take a moment to honor them and their unplanned, unexpected sacrifice and the sacrifice of all who loved them? Might we put down our disagreements and the political rhetoric long enough to agree that evil was present that day in a way most of us had never personally experienced before? May we grieve the losses and give honor? May we take comfort in the fact that such evil cannot consume us when our hope is in the One who made the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross, that we might forever be free of the sting of sin and death? And may we be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy and the blessing we’ve been given by being citizens of this imperfect country?
Now, take heart. We do not walk in fear, but in confidence and in victory.
“Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life–body and soul–in His hands.”
~Matthew 10:28, The Message
Don’t be deceived. There IS an enemy. The Bible tells us clearly in 1 Peter 5:8 that our enemy the devil is like a roaring lion, seeking whom to devour. He is real. But, in Christ, we have victory over him. He roars loudly, but, this lion? He has no teeth.