At 8:45 on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, two passenger jets were intentionally crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on the island of Manhattan in New York.
Memory is important. Without it, we would be hard pressed to appreciate the present or be prepared for the future. Of course, everyone experiences things they would rather not recall. However, it is important that we remember these events and those who suffered.
The twin towers were world famous as symbols of the material prosperity of this country. More importantly, they served as the workplace for an average of 50,000 people per day who were beneficiaries of the blessings of God on the United States. These tragic events in our nation's history should be vivid reminders of our blessings from God, our daily need for God and our mortality. Educators at every level, as well as our families, should try to instill in American youth the events of history that affect us, for better or worse.
Even though America is far from perfect, she is still our homeland. We need to continually remember her in every good way possible, even as we continue to enjoy the blessings of God as citizens. It's good for us to call to mind these important lessons.
It's more important that we remember God, who watches over us. Our primary focus when we come together on Sunday is the worship of God and his son, Jesus. In our worship, we should remember:
The work he did - his teaching, miracles, touching the lives of others.
His suffering - during his life, but especially in the events surrounding his death on the cross.
His resurrection from the dead.
His promise that he is coming again to take the faithful to live with him.
If we keep these events in mind and live in accordance with their significance, we will be able to glorify God now and live with Jesus in Heaven. Jesus said to his apostles, along with Christians of every age: "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also" (John 14:1-3 ESV).
We worship and serve a wonderful God and savior. What a great thing to be able to celebrate together what he has and is doing for us. Let's allow our memories of him cause us to faithfully live for him every day.