Some calendar days pass by with little significance to us individually.
This is not one of those days.
The date is spoken or we see it written out and something internal goes off. A sickening feeling in the pit of the stomach or a dry lump rises up in the back of the throat. This day, September 11, will never be a normal calendar day.
I remember that day 14 years ago.
If evil men hadn’t decided to take innocent lives with them as they cowardly died themselves then that day would have passed by like many others…forgotten in the mundane of the everyday. But they chose to destroy and so I choose to not be the same. I choose to remember.
- I choose to honor those who innocently boarded a plane for a business trip, a return home or a much-needed get-away but never made their destination.
- I choose to honor those who went to work in their usual way and didn’t return home.
- I choose to remember those who gave their lives to save others.
- I choose to not be the same
On this day, evil reared its ugly head and took innocent lives. Cowards take innocent life. Cowards plot and plan how they can destroy others without facing consequences for their actions.
Some say, “It’s in the past. It’s over, let it go.” But for many it’s not over…. it will never be over. This day holds ugly sadness. This day brings feelings of anger and righteous indignation… as it should because evil rose up and took innocent lives.
For us to remember says, “Your life matters!” And because of the actions of evil men we will never be the same. Our hearts are torn and our minds still reel over the images seared into our very being. We will not forget and we choose to not be the same.
A prayer for those who remember today: Heavenly Father, I pray for those who wake up and don’t want to remember that today they lost someone dear to them. Cover them with grace, surround them with peace and hold them close. Bring comfort to them and may they sense Your presence near them this day and every day.
And for us, may we honor those who lost their lives by remembering, praying and loving those who are hurting today.
May we not forget. May we always honor their memory by living our lives to their fullest potential. May we fight for the innocent, stand up to evil and rise above wrong by doing what is right.
May remembering cause us to not live the same but to live for the good, … live for the right… and live our lives honoring You. In Jesus name, Amen.
We are linking up with Kate and the gang at Five Minute Friday. If you’d like to join us, click here. Our prompt today is: SAME