Today is the 1th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. September 11, 2001 joins December 7, 1941 as days "which will live in infamy." That Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 and that Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 began as normal days. People went about their regular routine not thinking that they were in imminent danger. A sailor was catching up on his sleep on his casual Sunday routine. A businesswoman reported to work on the 80th floor anticipating the busy day that was before her. In a matter of moments lives were radically changed, families radically changed, countries radically changed.
And yet, 78 years after Pearl Harbor and 18 years after 9/11 life goes on. It is not my intent to make light the tragedies in the lives of many on these two days. We are all aware of the life changing events that took place in the aftermath of each of these days. Many are still suffering the consequences of the World Trade Center attacks. And many have come to the ends of their lives still caring the scares of Pearl Harbor and World War II.
My point if not to make less of these tragedies, but to point to the hope that comes after them. My personal faith and belief tell me to overcome tragedy and press on. The scars, emotional pain, and doubt are all real...but so is the future. The future draws me to new hope. It challenges me to leave behind the anchors of tragedy and to set sail towards a new horizon. The very essence of the Christ event is that Friday is over, and Sunday is coming. We cannot stay at the foot of the cross, watching Jesus die... we must walk with Him in the resurrection!
There is a point where we must leave the past in the past and press on for what is yet ahead of us. We never forget the past and we sometimes carry the scars that the past gives us, but we press on. The journeys from tragedy to hope in the Bible are far too numerous to mention all of them here. But one after the other they are there reminding us of the overarching theme that out of tragedy comes hope.
Today I will remember the tragedy that is 9-1-1, but I will also look forward to the hope that lies ahead.
This is my story...