It’s hard to believe that it’s been fourteen years since that terrible day: September 11, 2001. Each year on this day, my mind goes back to that day and its horrors. Time marches on. Only the students who are in high school now have any memory of that day. The vast majority of those in school now only know of September 11 from the internet, history classes, and television. Please allow me to share some personal reminders on this day…
1) The Lord is our only true security. So many people were absolutely stunned that an attack could happen on American soil. The truth is that any of our lives can be turned upside down on any given day. In a country of over 300 million people if a person or group of people decide to commit an act of terrorism every instance of that cannot be stopped. Our security in Christ is the only true security we have.
2) There is evil in this world that must be confronted. The September 11 attacks brought Americans face to face with the fact that there are people in the world who are willing to ruthlessly slaughter innocent people in the name of their religion or their cause.
3) Pray for and honor those who serve our country. Certainly, this includes our military men and women, but let’s not forget our law enforcement and fire departments. These men and women are literally on the front lines of keeping us all safe, and their pay often doesn’t reflect the danger and stress of what they do.
4) Pray for revival to come in America. Back in 2001, there were many Christians praying for a spiritual awakening to happen in our nation. September 16, 2001 saw the largest church attendance possibly in our nation’s history. That Sunday remains the largest attendance many churches have seen in their history. Many were hopeful that September 11 would be the beginning of a great turning back to the Lord. Sadly, that was not the case. Keep praying.
5) Love America and be thankful for it. September 11 is a great reminder that we are all Americans. Certainly, our country is hurting in many ways and so many are concerned about the direction we are headed. However, America is still the greatest country in the world, and I am thankful to be born and raised in the USA! The school my children attend encouraged the students to wear red, white, and blue today as well as for the football game tonight. I applaud that emphasis. We must raise this generation to love our country because there are many who do not.