Dear Ones –
As you know, today marks the 10th anniversary of the atrocity that occurred when terrorists took over planes and crashed them or attempted to crash them here in America. It’s the day that many people lost their lives in unfair circumstances. It’s a day we all went into shock that something like that could happen to us. Because on that day all our differences melted away and we were one. We cried out in shock together. We held each other and grieved together. We sat in stunned silence and stared together. For that day many of us were lost as to what was going on. We didn’t know what to do or how to react. We just knew that our lives had changed forever.
For many of us it was a wake-up call. We, who had never realized before how short life can be suddenly knew how precious and valuable life is. We knew we needed those around us in a way we had never known it before.
For me this date is the day that I am reminded to hold those I love a little closer. I am reminded to treasure these fleeting moments for they really are fleeting. We don’t know what tomorrow or even 10 minutes from now might bring. I am reminded that I have no control. Even as James reminds those he writes to in chapter 4 of his letter ‘13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ Today is a reminder for me that I only have this moment -THIS MOMENT – to live a lifestyle of love. I have this moment to love my husband. I have this moment to love my kids. I have this moment to love my neighbor and I have this moment to love the stranger I see.
This is the moment for me to put off anger and hatred. This is the moment for me to put off strife and envy. This is the moment for me to let go of past hurts real or imagined. This is the moment for me to put on the mantle of peace. This is the moment I have. I may never have another moment and I will certainly never have THIS moment again.
And so today as I remember what this day was 10 years ago. As I remember and pray for those who lost family and friends, I know none of us will ever be the same. Over our lives tragedy will change us and so will love. The question remains, what will you become… Will you become a peacemaker? Or will you be one who retaliates in anger? Will you let go of your expectations and live in the moment? Will you allow your heart to lead you?
In this moment, I choose that I will love. And I will remember that I have no control on what this life will bring, but I do have control on my heart and actions. Regardless of the circumstances of life, I can choose to speak in peace and respond in love. I will also remember that as Hebrews boldly declares in chapter 13:8 -Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I can trust Jesus that He will always be there with me in my moment. He will be the strength I need to live differently. He will be the truth I need to give of myself and be more than I ever thought I could be. He will be the love I need to really love everyone that comes into my moment.
On September 11, 2001 we asked how this could happen. We asked how anyone could hate that much. We asked how God could allow something like this to happen. Perhaps today we have some of those answers. Perhaps we don’t. What we do have is the knowledge that God was with us in that moment. We know that He weeps that His children could cause each other such pain. He is with us in these moments and He grieves with us and He holds us close. He offers the comfort we cannot find on our own and the strength for the next moment. Turn to Him and find what you need.
And now I am going to go hold my family a little closer. I am going to walk in the love I have for them more in this moment than I ever have before because I remember. What are you going to do in your moment as you remember?
Miraculously Blessed –