I did not want to remember 9-11 today, 9/11/11, the 10th anniversary of the horrific tragedy that struck our nation and has forever changed the way we live in America. You may ask why I didn't want to remember...
Well, I just couldn't deal with the emotional toll of reliving all the pain, terror, sadness, anger, fear, and agony as it was shown over and over again throughout this past week. No matter where you turned, it was there. People talking about where they were when the World Trade Centers were hit by terrorists. How they felt when the reality hit that this was indeed an act of war and aggression against our nation, and that so many innocent lives were taken, leaving a gaping wound not only in the skyline of our great city, but in the hearts of all the American people.
|A Cross in the rubble at Ground Zero|
made from the steel beams...a poignant reminder
that God was there in the midst.
Like the proverbial ostrich I wanted to put my head in the sand and pretend all was well in our world. I wanted to go back to life as usual...where the birdies sing and the butterflies flutter about from flower to flower drinking in the sweet nectar of life. I wanted to forget 9-11 and the war on terrorism and get back to "normal" living again.
But 9-11 has forever changed that...especially in the lives of thousands of families across our land who lost loved ones so tragically that day. Even our own family was not untouched by this grief as my husband's first cousin was killed in the World Trade Center. (Click on this for a blog written in memory of William R. Steiner) Although our families were not real close and my husband had not seen this cousin since their childhood, it still struck home. It hurt deeply. This man left behind a wife and children and his parents. His father literally died of a broken heart not too long after. The sorrow was just too much for him to bear.
But with these good feelings is also the sober warning...our country is living on borrowed time. It is only a matter of time before some other evil force will take vengeance on our land and try again to strike us down. We need to remember that there is a much bigger battle going on here...a fight between the forces of good and evil...God and Satan. I don't care what church you may attend or what religion you may adhere to. I really don't care what political party you belong to or who you voted for. The war that is going on here is much larger and in a different plane than we can see with our human eyes. The real battle that matters here is the battle for our own hearts and souls. When that issue is settled, the world conflagrations will still rage on, but we will have peace within.
I'd like to close this with an old hymn that comes to mind that asks the question :
Is thy heart right with God?
"O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." (verse 12)
And the Lord answered and said, "Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's." (verse 15)
The key to peace within our hearts and our nation is to have peace with God...and to put our trust in Him.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says:
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Amen.