My Broken Road to Grace: Post Thirty One (Honor Those Who Fell.)
13 years ago today, our country stood on the brink of disaster. What proved to be a horrible tragedy of historical proportions could and would have been worse had it not been for the bravery of some noble patriots who answered the call to service in the time of need. In the aftermath with the brutal and cowardly attack still emblazoned on our minds and in our hearts our country banded together in a way that only America can.
For a time our nation's leaders forgot that they were Democrats or Republicans, black or white, young or old, male or female and banded together on the steps of our capital to do what we all instinctively knew needed to be be done in such a time of horror and despair. Arm in arm, hand in hand, we called out to Almighty God as a nation and humbly asked His blessings upon us in our time of need. As He always does He heard and answered our prayer and our nation coalesced as never before to rise against the onslaught of evil that had so viciously befallen us and that day then and there among the rubble and the immense pain of tragedy we began to rebuild.
If you visit the site of the horrible event today what you will find is a beautiful memorial to those who died needlessly as a part of the attack as well as to those who lost their lives in an effort to save those who they believed could be. As I think about that day, where I was, what I was doing and how it effected me and my family, our community, our city, our state and our country, 13 years seems to have passed very quickly.
It was pointed out to me the other day by a teacher friend that grade school age children weren't even born yet when the attack occurred and as such only know that which we share with them about the actual facts of that day. That said, in my mind it is ever important that we make every effort to teach them how crucial it is to remember not only the day but also those who fell as a result of it. It is also important that we teach them what we did as a nation during that horrible time. Yes, it might have taken a horrid, senseless event to cause us to pull together and call on God Almighty but the important thing is that we did and as a nation had not forgotten who we are or were we came from.
This country was founded upon solid, basic Christian principles and make no mistake, it is those same ideals, that same moral conviction, that same faith and strength to carry on not only in times of disaster but also as we watch our country often seem to weaken at it's core giving less and less credence to those things that it should and more and more to those that it should not. This is America, the land of the free and of course this country was founded on the freedom to believe that which you choose but make no mistake, that freedom extends both ways offering not only the choice to those who opt not to believe but the choice to those who openly and proudly believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ His son and the Holy Spirit.
For those of us who do, God has not only promised to never leave us or forsake us, but also to provide us with strength in our time of need. Isaiah 41:10 says: "I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand." My friends it doesn't get much more plain than that. Take the time to remember the fallen, to praise God for His help in times of trouble, for the opportunity to live in the greatest country in the world but most of all for loving us enough to save our souls. Praise God Almighty, our Lord and King forever and ever and may he always bless America!
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