10 years

Can it really be 10 years?

I remember exactly where I was when the first tower was hit.  I remember my entire high school being glued to the television.  We cried as we watched people jumping to their deaths.  We sat in horror as the second tower was hit.  I couldn’t stand to watch as the towers fell.  How could this have happened?  We were in the United States of America after all.  

After 10 years, we get desensitized to the events of 9/11.  We forget that there are men and women who sacrifice daily for our freedom.  Some sacrifice time away from family and friends, where others sacrifice their all- their lives.

I had no intention of doing a 9/11 post today.  At church this morning Brother Billy Compton, our interim pastor, made some very good Biblical points.  His sermon was on what God would say to America.  Many times we try to separate in our minds religion and politics/ government.

We are so blessed that our God, who is in control of everything, is ready to hear our prayers.  We are to pray for our leaders.  We may not agree with them, and sometimes we don’t even like them.  However, we are called to respect the office and to pray for wisdom.  We can also advocate Christian values.  This will in return effect those around us and our leaders.  When we live Christ-like lives, others can’t help but notice.  I love how Brother Billy ended the service today.  He shared a prayer that Abraham Lincoln prayed over our country in 1863.

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our heart, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”  Abraham Lincoln

We need to always remember though we may be strong and mighty, God is still the one in control.  We need to NEVER forget to praise him for the blessings that we have been given.  In America, we are so blessed that sometimes it is easy to get complacent and apathetic.

Today, I want to thank those who sacrifice(d) so that I can be free.  I am even more touched and thankful because my brother-in-law, Matt, just came from Iraq.  He spent time away from his beautiful family to serve and protect his country.  I am forever grateful to him and to God for bringing him home safely.  

Make sure that you remember to pray for our service men and women and our leaders.  Next time you see a service man or woman, encourage them by thanking them for their service and sacrifice.

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