Remembering on This September 11

Never forget.

Never forget.

Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about in the days leading up to this terrible anniversary:

  •  Time does heal. Sometimes, however, it simply provides an anesthetizing balm. When this thins, as it does occasionally, the bright, sharp pain of loss wounds again. We are reminded of this every year when family members of those lost on 9/11 are interviewed.
  • The capacity for human courage is stunning. There is something about the accounts of the firefighters on that day that feels like it will never be fully comprehended. Entering the apocalyptic scene in those towers carrying 60 lb packs, taking turns carrying heavy high-rise air hoses, climbing the stairs in utter determination in the blistering heat and smothering smoke. Floor after floor to their doom. 343 of them.
  • The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? God can. And does. There is a particular comfort in this, the knowledge that there are no surprises, nothing unforeseen by Him.
  • The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. A familiar quote, and true. Evil will never be a benign, passive force in the world. A day like today reminds us that the good and right must be equally aggressive in protecting its own.
  • We need a Savior. The history of mankind is pockmarked with horror. One of the overarching messages of the Bible is that this is not all there is. Without that truth, we would live in the constant companionship of despair. No need. Christ has come. We trust the future to Him.

We pray for the families of those lost on that day. For the wives and husbands and children, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters – all those who lost loved ones in the towers, the Pentagon, in the field at Shanksville, PA, and now, Benghazi. That, at least, we can do.

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One response to this post.

  1. How quickly we forget. Thanks for the reminder.

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