Remember the wonderful works he has done… Psalm 105:5

Hey Friends,

I’ve been thinking about remembering this week.  In all honesty, I’ve been doing a little more than thinking; I’ve been wrestling with how best to remember.  This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11 - a day that for most of us is impossible not to remember. It is one of those days that you can automatically pull up what you were doing and where you were when you first heard of the terrorist attacks.  Psychologists call this flashbulb memories. They are almost seared into our minds.  Let me pause here for you to remember the moment.  Where were you?  What were your first thoughts?  

I was on my way to the soccer store where I was working between graduating college and starting my first full time job in youth ministry that was set to begin the next Sunday.  What better way to introduce a brand-new youth pastor than by having him explain a national tragedy to a group of teenagers?  I don’t know that I had perfect things to say to those kids then and I don’t know that I have perfect things to say to us now other than, remember.
The command to remember is used over 240 times in the scriptures, most often to instruct us to remember the ways that God brought God’s people through difficult times and circumstances.  

Over and over again the story of God’s goodness and grace is retold and relived.  Why do this?  I think it is not to dwell on the hardship, the loss and the pain of the circumstances but instead to be able to find ourselves in the story that God was telling and is telling even now. Twenty years have come and gone and we still talk of the heroism, the first responders, the way the country stopped and then came together.  Maybe on this 20th anniversary of a dark day in history, the best thing we can do is remember to see the light. I don’t know what your plans are this weekend, but I hope they will involve a couple of things.  

First, remember.  But don’t stop there, remember the people, the care that was shown, 8and the togetherness that we had and live into that memory!  Take some time out of the day to share the story with someone younger.  Tell them the impact this day had on you and how they can be a part of the shared memory.  Finally, find a place to serve. Be a person who actively engages in the everyday type of heroism that really does make an impact.  It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since 9/11, but I will never forget.  Even more, I will never forget that in the fear, uncertainty and pain, God was present with us.  I will remember God is good even when the world around me is not.  

I hope you will worship with us this weekend as we proclaim that truth!


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