When you reach a day like today the images and the memories are burned into your mind. You remember where you were 12 years ago. What you were doing when the news of the attacks came in. It is that point in a generation which you talk about to your kids and grandkids about that day.
So here we are 12 years later and what have we learned from the events of that day 12 years ago. Have we learned anything? Let me offer a couple of suggestions.
1) Evil is alive and well.
If you ever doubted the existence of evil that day always serves as a great reminder. Men who for no other reason then hate flew planes into buildings. Thinking they have obtained an eternal reward when in reality they died apart from Christ and now spend eternity without Him. We should never forget how far hate and evil can drive someone. We should repent of our evil and hate and ask God to so move in us so we live and walk differently. A heart which has turned to evil and hate has no stopping point to the destruction it can cause.
2) Life is fragile and sacred.
The stories from that day are amazing. I was reading one the other other day of a man who lead the way for many to safety. He even carried a woman down many flights of stairs. He died along side firefighters helping in the rescue when the towers collapsed. He helped everyone possible because life is sacred. And in the end lost is own because life is fragile. We must regain this belief. Life is from God. He breathed into us the breath of life. That makes all life sacred. And we must protect life because it is fragile. It is a beautiful combination which God has created.
3) Only God can bring good from evil.
Many incredible stories were told on that day. From flight 93 and the "Let's Roll" comment from Todd Beamer to people helping on another out. God did some wonderful things on that day. Yes there are some who will wonder why he didn't stop those planes, but others who recognize God doing some amazing things out of the evil brought to us. Joseph in the Old Testament saw this as well. He saw God work in ways that were amazing. Evil was done to him but God transformed it to good. We need to let God do this in all areas of our life where evil shows up. Because only He can.
Please remember today will be hard for many. The lives of their loved ones was stolen away by evil men. Pray that God who is the great comforter will meet them in their lives today.
May we never forget the lessons of that day.
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