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Sunday, September 11, 2011

JEREMIAH - I Remember

I remember.

There are some events in life that are so shocking, so incomprehensible, that they are forever imprinted on our minds and our lives.

September 11, 2001 was just such a moment.

I woke up that morning to what seemed like a normal day. I put on a semblance of a "face" as my youngest prepared for school. We piled into the car, and headed over to pick up the two brothers we car-pooled with. We arrived, I honked the car, and we waited…

…and waited.

Finally, one of the brothers came to the car. Just as he was climbing in, his brother rushed out.

"Where have you guys been?" I asked. "I was worried that we were going to be late."

All of a sudden they both started telling me how a plane had flown into one of the Twin Towers, and it was burning, and it looked like our country was under attack…

"Yeah, right," I said. I thought they were joking, or that they'd been playing some video game.

Somberly they replied, "No, it's really happening."

We flipped on the radio. And the tragic story began to unfold. As soon as I got home, Iturned on the television.

And there I sat, glued to the screen, for the next two months.

You remember, it was stunning, mesmerizing, surreal, and so very, very tragic.

I think, in some way, every American citizen felt those planes crash into their own lives – and security and blind innocence burned to the ground. Our country would never be the same…

But we recovered scarred and more wary, yesbut we still stood strong as a nation.

What happened?

I'm sorry, but I don't think this country learned the most important lesson of 9/11. It didn't turn back to God. Maybe temporarily, yes – but a life-changing repentance, a confession of sin and a resolve to live by moral, Christian values? Not so much.

We cannot afford to miss the message of 9/11. Evil can reach our shores and decimate us on our own "turf." We are perhaps more vulnerable than we think. But most of all, we have forgotten our God, in whom we should trust.

Today's "Bible Pick 'Ems" – though originally a message given to the nation of Israel through the prophet, Jeremiah – should serve as a warning to us, too:

"'I am watching them closely, and I see every sin. They cannot hope to hide from me. I will double their punishment for all their sins, because they have…filled my territory with their evil deeds…Now I will show them my power; now I will show them my might. At last they will know that I am the LORD.'"
(Jeremiah 16:17-18, 21)

I feel like America, and the world itself, is half-asleep – dozing comfortably in a sin-soaked dream. We're calmly hitting the *snooze button* on the alarm that's trying to alert us to danger.

I shudder to think what a "wake-up call" might look like.

Yes, let's take today and remember all those people – civilians and rescuers – who lost their lives on that terrible day. Let's remember the people they left behind. Let's stop and honor all the people who have fought since that day for the cause of freedom.

Let's erect a proud ***star-spangled banner*** in our hearts, and stand tall as a nation.

But, I pray that we do one more thing – the most important thing.

I pray that we remember our LORD, the Almighty God of Heaven's Armies, the one true God that rules over all the world in His Sovereignty.

May we as a nation, and as individuals, remember and turn back – back to Him.

Back to true worship, back to His Holy Word, back to faith in His Son, back to right living and godly values.

Let us say along with Jeremiah, the words of a people wholly devoted to God:

"LORD, you are [our] strength and fortress, [our] refuge in the day of trouble!
Nations from around the world will come to you and say, 'Our ancestors left us a foolish heritage, for they worshiped worthless idols…'
But we worship at your throne – eternal, high, and glorious!

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced…for they have abandoned the LORD, the fountain of living water.
…[but] blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water." (From Jeremiah 17)

Yes, I remember.

Where were you on 9/11?

And on this anniversary, what is your resolve about worshiping the Lord?

(I am remembering this day with others on Spiritual Sundays, and Soaking on SONday. Please feel free to join me during the week on my other blog, Sharon Sharing God)

"When in doubt, search God out."



    So well written and thought out! Thank you for sharing Jeremiah's warning... how pertinent!
    Wonderful way to commemorate 9-11! I could agree more... nor could I write this as beautifully.
    As always Sharon, you have captured the essence of this day, honored those we remember and filled us with great insights and inspiration, excellent reflection of God's Word and from one of His prophets...may we LISTEN and take heed.

    No snoozing over here, crying out to God and asking Him to bring conviction to Americans, redeem us, and turn our hearts to Him as we REPENT as a Nation and come to our ultimate Authority and Protector! May God heal this nation, restore us, revive us and save us! May Our Father have mercy and redeem us once again by the power, Name and the blood of Jesus; I pray and remember the survivors and families involved in 9/11. Honoring the memory of all the precious lost lives as well as the brave men and women who served on that day: firefighters, police, medics, and so many other volunteers as well as all our military troops serving, defending, protecting this country and other parts of the world...may God protect each one and bless America again.

    Thank you Sharon for "I Remember' and writing so beautiful what weighs on our hearts and minds as we trust and cling to Our Protector, Our Shelter, Our Fortress, Our Strength, Our Refuge in the day of trouble... Glory to God! All praise, honor and thanks to the Almighty!

    Love and hugs,

  2. I think 9/11 was a wake up call for us. As a nation we turned to God when it happened, but as the memory fades, we're getting farther and farther away from Him again. How can we expect God to protect our country when those in charge are doing everything they can to kick Him out? We really do need to wake up.

  3. All I can say is Amen to your beautiful post, Sharon and to the comments of the others. How quickly we forget until something happens and wakes us up. I pray it will not take another attack to wake up this country, but when you read the Old Testament about how God reacted to some of the people back then who did not heed His warning and turned from worshipping Him.

  4. This event should turn us back to God and true worship; but like you said, unless God shakes things in world, nobody remembers that HE is God. I was actually at the WTC building that day and managed to survive; this undoubtedly was one those experiences that solidified my faith in the keeping power of God.

  5. Thank you for your wonderful comments. The Lord relies on us to never forget, and to do what we can to remind the world that HE is the only thing that's important in life.

    If we follow Him - with a singleminded pursuit - who knows what He could accomplish in this crazy, mixed up world?

    I hope the world wakes up - and that the Holy Spirit will keep me alert. I want to always have my lamps burning as I await the arrival of the Bridegroom!

    Toyin - Praise the Lord that you were saved! Yes, God kept you - and you are shining bright for Him in all you do and say. Keep to it, dear one.



"So I have been greatly encouraged in the midst of my troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives me new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How I thank God for you!"
(1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!