Today is a strange, sad, and emotional day in our country. “We will remember” is the prevailing thought, and everyone is sharing where they were when they heard the news that our country was under attack. I’m not sure why we feel the need to do this, except that it helps us feel connected to one another. Maybe it helps to rekindle that “we’re all in this together” feeling that permeated the country right after the attacks. We were united in our desire for revenge, our need for some kind of reckoning. It was and is an interesting time in our nation’s history.
For me, it was fitting for this significant anniversary to fall on Sunday. The Lord’s day. It reminds me of His goodness, His mercy, and His awesome power. And today while I worshipped I couldn’t help but wonder why Christians don’t feel a similar ache in their guts or have the same teary eyes or the “we’re all in this togther” feelings when we think on the cross of Christ. Why is it that we don’t cry “We will remember!” and give God the honor for His perfect plan that culminated in the death and resurrection of his Son?
I think it’s fitting to honor the lives of those Americans lost on 9/11. It’s good to thank those who keep us safe and to grieve with those who lost loved ones. It’s appropriate to honor the heroes who risked their lives on that day.
But, tomorrow is September 12th. We will go back to our regular lives. The TV specials will be over. We will be relieved that we don’t have to think about that day for awhile. So, why don’t we wake up tomorrow morning with hearts for remembering the only death that ever changed eternity? Let’s unite with a declaration for the ages. No matter how crazy this world gets, or how tough life is, or how wonderful things are, we will remember what God has done through His Son. We will remember that His glory and greatness are all that matters. We will remember that we are nothing without Him. We will remember.