Never Forget

I will never forget September 11, 2001. I was sitting in the office with my colleagues waiting for the stock market to open watching the news on the big screen TV. Around 8:45 am the news channel’s focus moved from stock to shock as it reported that a plane had hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. We were glued to the TV not understanding what just happened. About fifteen minutes later we watched the second plane hit the South Tower. We sat stunned not knowing that at that moment the U.S. was under a terrorist attack on its own soil.

Never forget.

It is difficult to believe that those events happened 1o years ago. Where did the time go? The book of James (4:14b), after asking ‘what is life’, tells us that it is a mist that is but for a short time then disappears. The speed at which the last 10 years has gone certainly shows that life is a mist. It is a mist that will life on and not be forgotten in my lifetime. President George W. Bush recently said that Americans will remember September 11, 2001 on our calendars in the same manner as Pearl Harbor Day.

Never forget.

The events of that day effected American life whether each individual was directly effected or not. The lives lost numbered about 3,000 which tells us that many lives where directly impacted by this tragedy. The friends and family of those 3,000 souls were immediately effected and even today emotions run high and some lives are still shaken.

Never forget.

In the months immediately following America united in a way that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen in my life. I hope to see such uniting again though not under the influence of any kind of tragedy that takes human life. Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives stood together under the red, white and blue. The strength of the Nation revealed itself to the watching world.

Never forget.

A big thank you goes out to all of the men and women who serve and has served in our Armed Forces to protect and defend this country. Thank you and your families for your sacrifices given, including those who have lost their lives, to serve America. My prayers go out to you. Thankfully, America has not had another terrorist attack on her soil since 9/11.

Never forget.

I will never forget that just a year prior, in July 2000, I spent two weeks in the South Tower training on the 62nd floor. I could have been in one of the towers that day. Thankfully, I was not present. Sadly, many others were in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the hijacked planes, etc.

Never forget.

I will remember the feeling boiling up inside after finding out that America was under attack that morning. Though shaken, I was comforted. I had an unexplainable comfort in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The possibility of terrorist targets in Metro-Atlanta, where I live, was not out of the question. Though emotionally shaken, by the grace of God my faith was sure. I continue to be comforted by God’s sovereign hand in all of the events above.

Never forget.

My prayer is that America will be united, not around the death of her fellow citizens at the hands of terrorists, but around the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I pray that God blesses America by bringing the Nation to repent of their sins and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians must not confuse God’s Kingdom with the United States. God has given Christians a great opportunity to freely live, worship and share the gospel. We can stand united with our fellow citizens in the midst of tragedy, but we must bring the gospel or it is as if only our shadow stands offering no hope. Though we are thankful for the protection and freedom provided by Armies and governments, eternal hope does not ultimately abide in them. Only the gospel can offer eternal hope through which God has allowed us to share through those protections and freedoms.

Never forget the gospel.

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1 Carl Holland September 18, 2011 at 12:12 am

I believe everyone old enough remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news that day. And yes, we do tend to remember September 11, 2001 in the same manner as we remember December 7, 1941. I wrote a post on 9/11 on my own blog with some similar themes. America woke up that morning, but sadly, political correctness is putting us back to sleep.


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