A Time To Remember

The smoke of destruction had barely lifted, the tears of a nation still flowing and these words were spoken by our Commander In Chief, President Bush: “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 41:2). I marked this in my Bible to always remember the words he spoke to our nation in mourning. On this day of 9-11, I remember again the lives that were lost and those whose hearts were so shattered because of them. These words give me comfort and hope, though because I know that God knew each of them that were killed and he called them by name, not one of them went unnoticed in his eyes! I pray, this day, that the families that were left behind to pick up the pieces and move forward in life have begun to heal and find joy again in their lives. I pray that we, as a nation, never forget the devastation that hate can produce.

Whatever differences there are between us, whether we are democrat or republican, Christian or Jew, black or white, God commands us to “love one another”. This is His most important command (He say’s so in his own words – 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – John 15:12: “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”). In the days that followed 9-11 I witnessed such love and unity among the people of our nation. I saw such support and encouragement for our troops who would be put in harms way to defend our freedom. It was a time of mourning, yes, but it was also a time of linking arms as one entity to lift each other up in love. This is what I love to remember along side of remembering the lives lost. This is what breathes life back into a nation that suffered a terrible blow. So on this day, “lift your eyes and look to the heavens!” Know that we have a Savior that sees each and every one of us and He calls us each by name. Ask him to search your heart to see if there be any hate that is harbored there and if so, ask him to remove it. May God comfort, protect and love us all on this day of remembrance!

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