My Thoughts On 9/11

Probably every generation has its own defining moment. December 7, 1941 – the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Then, November 22, 1963 – the assassination of President Kennedy. For this generation it was September 11, 2001 – the coordinated attack of terrorists, turning passenger jets into giant bombs, that brutally ended the lives of 2,976 people.
Like you, I remember exactly where I was when I first became aware of what was unfolding on that crisp autumn morning. I was working out at Gold’s Gym in Gurnee when I watched the earliest TV reports of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. I got to my office to hear of the Pentagon being hit. I raced home to watch the news coverage just in time to see the first tower crumble to the ground.
It was so incredibly surreal to watch hundreds of people die. I felt sick. I was scared. But the most disturbing reality was that I knew our world would never be the same again. I felt as if our very foundations were rocked to the core.
How would I, as a follower of Christ, respond? What would I say to my youth group the next night at our weekly meeting? What could I say to my own children? What could I possibly say to bring comfort? To bring God’s perspective to such senseless tragedy
?Psalm 11??1 In the LORD I take refuge. ?? How then can you say to me: ?? “Flee like a bird to your mountain. ??2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; ?? they set their arrows against the strings ??to shoot from the shadows ?? at the upright in heart. ??3 When the foundations are being destroyed, ?? what can the righteous do?” ?? 4 The LORD is in his holy temple; ?? the LORD is on his heavenly throne. ??He observes the sons of men; ?? his eyes examine them. ??5 The LORD examines the righteous, ?? but the wicked and those who love violence ?? his soul hates. ??6 On the wicked he will rain ?? fiery coals and burning sulfur; ?? a scorching wind will be their lot. ?? 7 For the LORD is righteous, ?? he loves justice; ?? upright men will see his face.
When very little else in our world is certain or safe, what we know for sure is this:
•?God is in control.
•?He will bring about ultimate justice in His time.
•?God is our only sure refuge.
As we approach the 10thanniversary of 9/11 I cling to these truths. These truths give us the courage and hope to move ahead and live life free of fear.
Let us pray for the thousands of families that continue to grieve the loss of their loved ones.
When the foundations feel like they are being destroyed we must remember He sits on His throne.