Tribute in Light, 9/11/03
Image by Brendan Loy via Flickr

It is hard to believe that it was just ten years ago yesterday when our country was hit by one of its biggest terrorist attacks. As with many others, I remember like it was just a couple years ago. I was sitting in my dorm room, and our head resident came and told us what was going on. I don’t think I really understood the impact it would have at the time. I just remember thinking that it was horrible. I knew that there were tons of people who just lost their loved ones in the attack.

Ten years later, it is tough to remember what life was like pre-9/11. While it was such a big change at the time, it has almost become second nature to expect all the security and paranoia. I believe the saddest of all changes, though, is one many of us expected. At the time of the attack, and after, our country bonded and turned to God in a way many had never seen in their lifetime. Nonetheless, that has faded over the years, and we are back to our normal ways of bickering and arguing over petty things. In that, many have even ran away from God.

As we move forward, I only pray that our country will turn to God on their own. I know He has called me to help make sure that happens, but it is definitely overwhelming at times. I was reminded of that as I tried to encourage our high school students this weekend — a group who have a really tough time remembering what life was like before 9/11. We now live in a world where people are starving for hope. We who know Christ have that hope. Let’s share it!

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