He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. Psalm 40:2
Tomorrow marks the 9th anniversary of 9-11. That pit of destruction remains vivid to all Americans who watched in horror as the events of that day unfolded. We lost an innocence barrier that day, our cocoon was torn open. The world became less safe, less trusting.
Tomorrow, many will gather at courthouses and public squares for prayer. Many will fly flags, bake cookies for the firemen and police in their town as a thank you for their service, pray for our troops in harm’s way. But tomorrow, many will stir up hatred in their hearts. They will renew their disgust and anger.
Tomorrow also happens to be a Muslim Holy day, and it is a different day each year like Easter is or Passover. It is unfortunate that this year it falls on 9-11. Or is it? As Christians, are we not to forgive as Christ forgives us? Are we not to pray for all souls? Are we not to spread love and peace instead of hatred and despair? The sword of the Spirit is more powerful than bombs or planes. God’s mercy can lift us from the pit of destruction as set our feet back on firm ground. His sacrifice on the cross was for all sins, even those of terrorists and others who use religion as an excuse for violence and hatred. Our job is to turn the sinner to Him.
Tomorrow- how will you remember 9-11? Will you crawl back into the pit of destruction at Ground Zero and revisit all the emotions of that day, or choose to rise above and place your hope on the solid rock – our Lord and Savior? Perhaps in God’s grace, tomorrow will be a day of healing for Muslims and Christians. Hatred will not win souls. Forgiveness, respect and love will.