We are often reminded this time of year to “Never Forget 9/11!” In reference to the events that took place Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001. But really? Do we really need reminded? How can any of us, except for the very young at the time, ever forget?
Many of us can recall with great detail what took place that morning. We remember where we were and what we were doing the moment the news came to us that passenger jets were flown into the World Trade Center, into the Pentagon, and into a field near Shanksville, PA.
How can we ever forget…
...the sight of planes flying into buildings?
...seeing fire fighters heroically running into buildings that everyone else was running out of?
...that 3,000 people lost their lives that day?
...the piles of debris?
...the eerie silence of plane-less skies in following days?
...feeling vulnerable for the first time as a nation?
It’s been 14 years and we still remember, and no matter how many years pass, we will never forget! But what are we do with the memory of such an event? Here are some ideas...
1. Continue to remember to pray for the families who lost loved ones.
2. Pray for the ongoing safety of our nation.
3. Join in efforts to bring peace to the world through forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding (start doing this right where you are).
4. Champion non-violence to overcome the hate and ignorance in this world.
5. Stand against intolerance.
6. Help unleash goodness in this world.
7. Lovingly show those around you that there is a more excellent way to live through Jesus Christ.
9/11 Never Forget? No, we will never forget, but may our memory help us to make this world less fearful, less violent, more loving and more understanding.
What will you remember, and how will your memory lead you to respond in making this world a better place for all people?