To Remember on 9/11
I think remembering is critical on days like today. It causes us to take time and reflect on events that have changed us forever. We each have these memorable moments. And taking time to recall them means investing time reflecting on both a previous state and a future state. Just take these words from Moses as he leads the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt. He said:
“Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place.”—Exodus 13:3
Moses's words are both profound and somewhat prophetic. He knows, as do we, as soon as we forget, we're liable to fall right back into a previous state. Right back into slavery and oppression by the hands of enemies that desire to oppress us.
You know, we live in times where things move so fast we tend to forget. Only twenty years ago, at the hands of the Taliban, we experienced an atrocity in our country that appears to be already fading from our memories. This enemy sought to destroy us and divide us. And so, it's good for us to remember today. To remember what happened at the hands of the enemy and who we have become since then. I mean, we walk through the airport differently today because of what happened on that day.
But there are also other things to recall. Not just evil that was done, but for deliverance that was provided. Today join me in remembering. Remember those who lost their lives, gave their lives and served so that we can have life.
But Moses adds a caveat here that is critical for followers. He reminds them to remember the oppression, but he also reminds them of the One who saved them. So today, let's not only recall all the evil that has been done in the world. Let's remember a God who is in the business of saving. And he is still saving. Saving men and women from eternal destruction and from the hand of all enemies that seek to do us harm. God save us all.
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