9/11 After Thoughts
This weekend we were reminded of 9/11, the aftermath, and the memories of that dreadful day. As I watch the pictures again I recalled what I was doing that day. As many of you remember also. I had been up reading the Bible ready to start my day homeschooling my children. I turned on the news to see the weather forecast for the day before starting school when I heard of the first plane hitting the Towers. I rushed to wake my family as we watched the news the next plane had hit
By that time our phone was ringing and there were voices of shock and fear of all that had been occurring. We as a family began to pray. Life was attacked that day. As we looked on those horrible tragedies of that day, our lives would be affected in some way. Many would lose their loved ones. Others would live. We are prone to ask why did this happen. Is there hope after this? Can we learn from this? Can there be forgiveness for those who wanted to cause us harm? The answer is yes.
That day started out as any other day, but life decision had to be made. No one was expecting those things to happen, but they did. The hijackers got abroad unaware before anyone knew they were there. Tragedy began. The first plane hit, then another, then the Pentagon. Calls were sent out of what was occurring. By the time they knew what was really happening, another plane was heading to destruction.
The people on board Flight 93 had to make a decision. Aware of the other doomed flights, They needed to act. The last plane believed to be on its way to the Capitol made the decision to act upon the known facts. Men and women on the flight were now aware of some of the other happenings began to take action. Things needed to happen quickly. Each decision had to be ready to be acted upon.
As these things were being thought through much more was still happening. The terrorist weren't about to give up the plane and neither were the passengers on board. The battle began. With each in the position to take action they would try to regain the plane. They were able to get to the cockpit. They were able to try to regain the plane to its height, but unable to pull up before the plane hit the ground.
Again we may wonder why did they have to die? Why, when they were trying to do what is right? Life is precious. Life is given. Life has purpose. Why? Life does have meaning. Life is given to each one of us. The answer is to how we respond. Again, that day was like any other day. We must prepare our way for a life decision. Could these have been prepared for what was going to happen?
I believe yes. I've been in both places of tragedy and peace, but one thing is life changing. I came to know my LORD Jesus Christ and now my life has meaning and purpose. He has plans for each and everyone of us. First of all Jesus wants all to come to Him and none to perish.(John 14:6; John 3:16). "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." You see, that day there were two kinds of people, some which knew my Lord and others who chose not to know Jesus. Jesus is the giver of Life and all have the same ability to accept His offer of salvation. We must believe that He is. Jesus' offer is free and life changing.
You may be wondering what this has to do with 9/11. Everything! There were some that day that knew Jesus and acted upon what they knew was right and acted upon that with the right heart attitude and followed it. You may be saying to yourself, " they died. How could this be right? In Christ we gain the more (Phil 1:21). Is there good that can come from evil? My answer is yes . The love of Jesus and His forgiveness for us is like no other. He has the Words of life. He is Life and He's mine. Can there be healing after this? Absolutely the answer is yes.(Psa. 130:4). Can we learn to love those that wanted to do us harm? Yes, the answer is yes.
I wrote an article on my husband's page about religion versus relationship. There is a difference between a religion and a relationship. If you read it, you may recall where I mentioned one of Jesus last statements on the cross, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." That was not all my Father cried out. "It is finished ." My Jesus conquered death. Why? So you and I could receive His offer of Grace and life. Jesus has the answers to life. He is our hope. His love is everlasting. We that know Him will live eternally with the One who died for us. Is it to late for others to receive this hope? No! Jesus tells us again (John 3:16). His message is clear (1 John 1:1-5). The Light has shone. Let's pray for the life of those left that they will find fulfillment in Jesus Christ. He truly can make all things good.