The moment the gravity of what happened began to settle in, I held my then 5 month old son and rocked him as I cried. In his short little life he had yet to experience anything but love and yet the magnitude of hatred in the world was more evident that day than ever before.
September 11th, 2001 changed everything from security screenings at the airport to our perception of the world to the way we interact with our neighbors. As the towers came down, walls went up. Meanwhile we learned how to grieve as a global community and battle fear that began to take root in a new way.
Today is a day we remember. We remember the thousands of lives lost and we feel the weight of countless lives changed directly and indirectly by what happened.
To say the events of the day have shaped us is an understatement.
There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear and that ought to build some confidence in us. Confidence in the One who we fix our eyes on.
I was speaking with a friend whose son is in the middle east with his life wrapped around the Syrian people. He is not afraid and chooses not to come “home” because his home is in Christ and Christ has him right there in the middle of chaos. Perfect love drives fear out him every day and even out of his mom who prays daily for her son. She prays for his safety but she prays more for Heaven to collide with earth every day because as the chaos spreads so does the love of God through those who desperately cling to Him.
9/11 even changed the way we report and listen to the news. Even as Christians we are so myopic in what we read and talk about that it stirs up fear and eventually hatred towards people who also are made in the image of God. Hatred is hatred and it all comes from the same place… so whether you cause a plane to fly into a building or judge someone for their actions when what they really need is to know Love… it all comes from the same place.
I’m preaching to myself.
Perfect love drives out fear. Today we remember those who perished and mourn with those who mourn. But let us not mourn like those who have no hope, by not forgetting those of us who remain, remain with a purpose to be catalysts that help drive out fear.