Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
If you’re old enough, or like to study history, practically anyone alive during the dramatic events of 1963 (when President John F. Kennedy was shot) always remembers what they were doing on that shocking day. In similar fashion, there’s little doubt that anyone who was awake and alive on September 11th probably remembers very clearly what they were doing, where they were, who they were with and what they were thinking.
Do you remember? Were you watching television? Were you on your way to work or school? For the thousands of lives lost to the tragedy of 9/11, most of them were just like you and me – normal, everyday people, going to work, making a living and taking care of their families.
Many weren’t even born yet. Some children were still so young that they still ask, “What happened on September 11?” As painful as it may be to recount, do it anyway. Teach the children and generations to come that this is a country that was built on, “In God We Trust.” And not just as a saying, but a country that truly trusted a Sovereign God.
The Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 13:6-8 that “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” Jesus Christ is that – He IS Love.
This is what all the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 taught us. We, as Americans, all became one that day, unified in the fact that Islamic extremists considered us all unworthy and wanted to destroy us. They still do.
For the victims of 9/11, distinction between race, creed, color, or religion became non-existent that day and the weeks and months to follow. It was out of LOVE for life, God, and fellowman that all the victims of 9/11 helped one another, even unto death.
Fifteen years later, we know we will never, ever be the same, and that we must never, ever forget.