I wish I had something profound to say on this Tuesday evening, but in all reality I don’t.
I was young when 9/11 happened. I didn’t understand it then, and I don’t understand it now. I think we all sometimes question why God would let bad things happen. And that doesn’t just go for here in America, but across the world. I won’t pretend to fully understand God and how He works — He works beyond our understanding everyday.
But, this evening as I sit here reflecting, I think we can take a few things away from 9/11.
You see, 17 years ago, our country was ravaged by tragedy. But out of that disaster, an entire nation came together, swiftly and strongly. The stories of heroic bravery that day and the days to come are countless and celebrated. The support and love that was obvious throughout America is something worth replicating daily. Imagine what this country could do if we all came together for the better good on a daily basis.
Seventeen years ago, we also lost good people who were simply going about their day. No one woke up that morning prepared for the tragedy ahead. I pray that today serves as a reminder as to why intentional living is so important. We are never promised tomorrow.
I’ll never understand why it happened. I’ll never be able to fully explain how thankful I am for the men and women who sacrificed everything that morning. I’ll never be able to express my condolences for those who lost family members. And that can be a hard thing to stomach, but we as a country move forward.
Take a moment tonight, as you settle in, to just be thankful. Hug your family tight and say an extra prayer, and rest in the fact that all of this pushes us closer to our Creator.