“Lest We Forget . . . “

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” (Psalm 62:5)

We tend to have moments in history that define us. For a generation older than I am, it was Pearl Harbor and all of World War II.  It was an age of unbelievable inhumanity to man. thTLSIEB0D

During my life and the life of my classmates, it was John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Before that reprehensible day, the early ’60s had encapsulated simplicity: of Bobby Vee, Fabian, Troy Donahue and Del Shannon . . . an age of innocence before the “angry generation” emerged.

For today’s generation it is September 11, 2001. This morning I watched along with countless others as our nation movingly dedicated the unveiling the September 11th National Memorial. It was a day of somber recollection.

9/11 was truly the worst day of this modern era. The seemingly prosperous, abundant, carefree lifestyle of the 1990s slowly began to turn into one of accusations and distrust encompassed by piles of burdensome rules and regulations. But at the same time, amidst the ashes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 disasters, our humanity toward others shone through. We cared and exhibited compassion for those we lost, the families who loved them, our beloved country and for yet another undeniable loss of innocence.

But apathy is the opposite of pain and since we cared deeply, it meant we were still alive. We live on while others perished amidst horrific circumstances. It truly places all else in perspective.

The most defined moment in history however, wasn’t any of the above examples. It was when a generation  personally walked with Jesus. When He was crucified, the Disciples lost hope. Their world turned upside down too. But then Christ became our Risen Savior and a new generation found Hope once again. Today we separate our calendar’s division from that one defining moment in history.

Our lives are made up of fleeting moments here on Earth. We never know when our last breath will occur, but I know I possess eternal life which holds no fear of my future. So the question remains, “Where will you spend eternity?” For Christians there is always HOPE.
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”   (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

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