Boy have I been busy. The past three days I’ve been in the mountains at Ridgecrest. It was my pleasure to speak to the trustee’s wives of LifeWay. They are a great group of women who love the Lord and serve Him faithfully. All I know is I came to bless, but I got the blessing!
LifeWay and their staff truly have a heart for spreading the gospel and making Christ known through all generations. One thing is clear about this bunch. As Believers in this world, we should always be about the cause of Christ. Can I get an “A-men!”
Since today is 9-11, I’m also reminded that we should be about another cause—the cause of our country. I’m so thankful and proud of those who have given their lives for our country and for those who serve her today. I’m also saddened today as I think about those who lost loved ones when the twin towers were struck by terrorists. It’s my prayer that the God of all comfort would ease their pain by His abiding presence. I also pray that we would not forget this day. It was a day that changed us forever. At least it changed me.
I find that I’m more patriotic than I was before 9-11. Tears fill my eyes every time I hear our National Anthem played or sung. As I stand with one hand over my heart and my eyes gazing respectfully at our country’s flag, I say a prayer. “May She forever wave over a land that is free and protected by the merciful hand of God.”
I also have a new found love for my country. Perhaps it was there all along and I just took it for granted. Isn’t that what happens when tragedy strikes? It causes us to realize just how important something is or how much someone meant to us. For that I’m grateful. As Americans we should be proud of our country—to the point it brings us to tears.
I’m curious. Do you remember where you were on 9-ll when you first heard about the devastating news? Do you recall how it made you feel? Has it changed you? If so, how?
“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord.” PS 33:12