Most people remember exactly where they were on September 11, 2001.
That morning, I walked into my math class where my teacher uncharacteristically had the radio on, listening to the news. The first plane had hit. When class was over, a few of us rushed down to the school library where they had a TV on the news channel. We watched the footage, horrified, as they played the images of terrorism over and over.
Every year 9/11 comes around on the calendar we should stop and remember. Remember the lives lost, the grieving families and friends, the city and country that pulled together and held each other up. Let’s not think of it as just something that happened 13 years ago today, but as an example of why we need Jehova Rapha, the Lord that heals. In the midst of everything going around us today, take a moment to be grateful for every day the Lord gives us.
Say a prayer that our God will bring the comfort and strength the loved ones left behind still need each day. That He will bring the peace the world needs to heal. And remember that even in terrible tragedy, the Lord gives us His hope.
“I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:20-23, NIV