RobIt’s the morning of September 11th.  Today is a sad day for our country.  We remember the broadcasts and the images of the tragedies taking place on September 11, 2001.  Do you remember that day?  It’s etched in most of our memories, and most of us can tell you where we were and what we were doing.  I was working at Hibbs Electric and I remember the emotions that were being felt by all of us there.  I remember praying and talking with co-workers, and trying to answer questions about, "Where is God in the midst of all this?"  I remember hearing about the heroic people and the courage and compassion shown, and I said, “That's where God is, in the midst of the chaos!”  His peace was there even through the dust and debris of those burning collapsed buildings and destroyed planes.  He was there in the people who ran into the danger to rescue others . He was there as the ones trapped huddled together to pray.  He was there in the courage of those who said, “Let’s roll,” and made the decision that their plane would not be used to kill innocent people.

I also remember holding Denise and crying about the families that had lost loved ones.  It was a tragic reminder that evil has no sympathy and cares nothing for the sacred bond of family. I remember meeting with a handful of people at church and praying for those families and our nation.  I remember praying a lot during that day.  I remember that eerie silence of no planes in the sky.  I remember thinking, “What’s next?”

Days like September 11th show us the best and worst of humanity.  We can learn and lean into what we view as most important as we remember days like this, because when we’ve lost everything but God, we still have everything we could ever need.  I know that’s hard to hear for those who lost husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and children, but we are living a temporary life in a world that is anticipating with each day that passes the coming of our Lord Jesus to make all things new.  That reality is our hope, and our faith reminds us that Jesus said, “I will return and make all things new.”  He showed us what the kingdom looks like in himself.  Even though he was God he declined to exercise His divine authority, but instead took the position of a slave.  He served us as He submitted to His Father’s will, and died a death  He didn’t deserve to save all humanity, even though many reject Him and His truth of salvation.  But He conquered death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and everyone will bow and proclaim, “Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!”

We remember each time we gather together to share communion the power of God’s love through the sacrifice of Christ’s death, and the hope we all have in His resurrection.  He is alive and He lives through each of us who trust and believe, being guided daily by the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We pray that our peace will be found in the Prince of Peace!  Remember how much He loves us and calls us to love others.  Amen!

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”  John 3:16-17

In Christ’s Love,

Rob      Romans 12