Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Everything Changes

I have been away from this blog for a few weeks. Like anything else, one sometimes needs a break from writing if you’re doing it regularly. I hope to be back at it for now. My mind is on September 11 which will be next Sunday. There will be prayer meetings and commemorations, etc. Bethel will hold a prayer time 4-6pm on September 11. It will be a time to pray for our city, state, nation and world leaders.

I remember where I was and what I was doing on September 11. I was sitting in front of the television putting on my shoes to go to the office when the first plane hit. Cameras showed it sticking in the side of the World Trade Center, smoke billowing from it. Mary said: “What an accident…” I said: “Do you think that’s an accident.” I just had the feeling that something was not right about a huge plane like that hitting a building accidentally.

None of us could have conceived of such an attack before. Then, to watch over and over on replay the falling of the twin towers. For days and weeks, we were glued to the television as we watched the results of the attack. Debris, dirt, bodies flying through the air, and reporters were on screen. We could see it with our eyes but we didn’t want to believe it was real. An Israeli woman was heard to say: “Not in Disneyland…” This couldn’t happen in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Many stories followed about the heroic efforts of first responders and others who saved lives and gave themselves to whatever was needed. President Bush’s face changed. Remember he was reading to a kindergarten class of children when an aide whispered in his ear. You could see his face visibly change. That was ten years ago.

So much has been said about what we learned from it and how it changed things for us. And, it seems that since that day things have been hurtling out of control. We have been involved in a war, several wars, and we have seen the American economy/world economy tumbling down.

It’s hard to say really what the impact of September 11 is. It’s one of those events that will keep us thinking for a long time.

One of the big changes that we have seen is in our thinking about security. We are still living in probably the safest and most secure country in the world. But, September 11 made us think. No place in this world is totally safe and secure. We are doing, I believe, all that we can to keep our citizens safe from another such attack. But, even security people know that nothing can keep us 100% secure.

So, as people of faith, we ask: “Where is our security?” Money? Towers of pride? The Past? We know as people of faith that our only true security is in God. Everybody dies someday. And, although we are living longer, one day we will all lie down in death. Security comes to all who have faith in God in Jesus Christ. Ultimately we know that living or dead we belong to God. Scripture is forever telling us to be ready. You do not know the day or the hour; so, be ready. Put your faith and trust in the only One who is truly God.

As Christians, we know that times change. We know that sometimes evil wins; but we know that God rules. And, in God’s good time, all evil will be uprooted. If you’re on the right side, you don’t have anything to worry about.

Be thankful for each day that God gives you and do your best to love and live out the faith that God has given us freely in Jesus Christ.

Dave Nichols

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