Never Forget

Today is a day of remembrance. If we are old enough, we can all remember where we were on the morning of September 11, 2001. During my junior year of college, I woke up that morning just like any other morning. I turned on the TV before heading to class and saw the news. The first plane had already hit the first tower of the World Trade Center. News reports were sketchy at best at that point. I found I could not take my eyes away from the news. I could not believe what was going on. As I watched, I saw live as the second plane hit the second tower. Shock is the only thing I can remember feeling. Stories then filled the news of first responders heading toward those trapped in the towers to try to help them. As the day went on, stories of those trapped began to be told. Then, the first tower collapsed followed by the second. In the days that followed, first responders searched the rubble hoping to find survivors.

For me the events of that day and the days to follow hit home. My father has served as a police officer for as long as I can remember. His father was a retired firefighter. Had either of them been in New York City on that day they would have done what those first responders did. They would have put their lives on the line to help those in need. 

I pray that we will never forget those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. I pray that we will never forget the bravery that was shown that day. I also pray we will never forget that in times of great suffering we can find hope and peace in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While we remember those first responders, I hope that we will also remember the greatest sacrifice that was given to save all of us from an eternity of separation from God. I pray we will remember that God can take even the worst of days and turn it into something that will ultimately bring Him glory. 

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