What have you learned from 9/11? None of us will ever be the same since that day. We’ve all been profoundly touched in some way. Many of those changes were negative. But today, on the anniversary of 9/11, here are at least ten simple, positive truths we can glean from this tragedy:
Miracles still happen
Little things matter
Heroes are real people
People do care about each other
Life is precious
God brings good out of evil, and our only hope still lies in Him
Courage makes a difference
Love ones seem dearer; heaven seems nearer
Crisis can bring unity
Make every moment count; today may be all you have
No doubt that list will grow, as you add your own lessons and truths. Most of these we knew already; but 9/11 both reinforced and magnified them. Last year I shared a poetic reflection called “If Only We Had Known, that also expressed some simple truths.
Tomorrow is another day. The anniversary memorials will cease, and life will continue as usual. But the lessons we learn will stick with us, if we let them. Like a well-read novel, the takeaway will emerge and contribute to who we are, and to the person we can become, if we let God define the wisdom.
But as for you, you meant evil…but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20, NKJV).
For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6, NIV).
My Personal Prayer for You
Lord, we cry out in solemn remembrance of that day ten years ago–a day indeliby written on our hearts. Comfort those who lost loved ones and friends; draw near to those whose lives changed forever by the cruelty of others.
Jesus, our only hope is in You. Help us to sow love instead of hatred. May we never forget the lessons You taught us–and help us to trust You for the answers we can’t seem to find. Make us wise, as we look to You for direction. Help us trust You for the courage to go on, one day at a time. Equip us to make a difference in Your world. Our nation is in Your hands. Keep us close to You, for it truly is in God we must trust.