Coming up soon is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. There's a song that says, "Where were you when the world stopped turning; on that September day?" I think if you were old enough to remember 9/11, you remember where you were. I certainly do.

I was a new mom, home alone with my baby. She was on the floor playing. I watched to second plane hit the second tower while talking on the phone with one of my sisters.

I was so scared. My husband couldn't leave work. No one really knew what was going on. It was so chaotic. I didn't turn off the news for weeks, watching those planes hit those towers over and over, until my very wise husband turned off the TV and said, "You cannot watch this anymore." He was right-- I was reliving that fear, that sadness, that shock each time I sat down to watch the news. I still can't watch replays of that day without feeling the exact way I felt watching it unfold live. 

God never promised an easy life to us, although those of us living in the USA and Canada have a pretty sweet deal. Jesus tells us we will have hard times. Just because we know and believe that Jesus is our Savior doesn't mean we will live lives of excess, of wealth, of continuous calm and peace. Nope. That's just not in the cards for Christians.

What IS in the cards for Christians is the sure hope that our Savior is preparing a place in heaven for us right now. When our time of grace is over, whether because of old age or a tragic untimely death or illness, we know that our loving Savior will be waiting right there for us, to welcome us into His heavenly home. 

As we approach this sad anniversary, thank our God that we live in a place where our faith is not a reason for our arrest (or worse); thank our God for the men and women who selflessly give of themselves each day to make our lives easier like soldiers, policemen and women, firefighters, school teachers, nurses, and EMTs; and mostly, thank our God for the incredible undeserved gift of our Savior. 

Take time in the next few weeks to show the love of Jesus to those around you, in memory of all the people we lost and in honor of those who serve our fellow man without asking anything in return. <3 

 

"Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13