September 11, 2001 was that kind of day that forever marked an infamous gash onto my timeline. I remember where I was….what I felt… and how it changed me and my world. For those of us who had spent the majority of our lives in the peaceful shadow of the American flag, our illusion of safety toppled with the towers and was shattered in a million pieces. Out of those ashes rose a new reality in which to live out our days.
We all have our stories of that day…. stories of sheer terror, of heartbreaking loss, of unfathomable sadness, but also those of wellsprings of hope, of inexhaustible compassion, and of magnanimous heroes. We relive those stories and our feelings on this anniversary each year. Some will re-live them daily for the rest of their lives. May Our Father in Heaven comfort those souls beyond measure!
One thing has always resonated with me as my thoughts go back to that day. Nineteen men forever changed our entire world with an act of pure evil. Nineteen!! It seems inexplicable that so few could have such an impact. As I pondered that very statistic, I discovered a powerful thought. What could nineteen do for good? What could MORE than nineteen do? If we linked arms with other families, churches, communities, cities, and nations, what could WE do for good?
One day, those of us who remember will be gone. September 11th will be diminished to some pages in a history book or artifacts in a museum. We, with our arsenal of actual memories, have the capability to change the world for good at our very fingertips right now. We perhaps think we can’t possibly make a difference. Those nineteen most certainly did! Let that thought rest on your heart!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9