This morning at church, a film of remembrance was played featuring images of the horrific sights that blanketed the television screens of the world on September 11, 2001. These images were watercolor renditions of now famous photograph stills we’ve all seen hundreds of times. They detailed the events and heroics of the day our nation was roused from slumber to face a threatening presence that had been hovering about us for some time. Complacency had caused us to forget – and in the forgetting . . . we suffer loss.
Words accompanied these images – three of which stand out in my mind like a bell tolling:
I know the rest of the poetic words, narrated so powerfully as each image flashed, were carefully chosen and their impact altogether – profound. But – those three – REMEMBERING BRINGS PURPOSE – cling to me.
When I teach history, I often say, “If you know where you came from, then you’ll know who you are, and that will give you direction for where you should be going.” Hence, the importance of knowing history, and understanding the impact of choices – made in the past that come to bear on our present – and ultimately shape the future. It is to the PAST that we must look for PURPOSE.
Today, ten years after a national tragedy of horrific proportion, we are encouraging each other to remember. But, what are we remembering, actually?
For me, I remember the price paid by the innocent victims of 9/11 – they who stood on the front lines of a war they didn’t enlist to fight. They sacrificed their lives and futures to jostle their nation – nay – the world – to rouse from sleep – and remember. This has happened before. Many times on the path of history.
And, hearts are turned to God – should they awake – and remember. PURPOSE.
Forgive me as I ramble here. Just pondering . . .
Ten years ago, a dark menace hovered over our nation in a violent attack. We woke up – suddenly – and remembered . . . God.
And, we prayed . . . Purpose.
So often, in the blaze of turmoil, we are roused to remember God – Purpose. May we imitate Him – who neither slumbers nor sleeps – but keeps us always in remembrance – hovering about us with His Light to guide us through even the darkest of times fulfilling His Purposes in the earth.
I am remembering God’s Purposes – and His overflow of comfort towards the many who lost loved ones in the 9/11 tragedy – may the Lord accomplish all good things and beauty from the ashes of mourning.
Sharing this Remembrance on 9/11 with Graceful at Hear it on Sunday – Use it on Monday.