Opportunities for remembrance are important to us. God told the Israelites a number of times to pile up stones or designate a place to remember what happened and to use it as a springboard to tell succeeding generations about the Lord’s deliverance. Every Sunday we take a simple piece of unleavened bread and a little cup of juice as a remembrance of Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins. Remembrance matter to us.
On September 11, 2018, our community gathered at 8:00 a.m. at Mott’s Military Museum for a 9/11 Memorial Service. The planning committee did a great job and the speaker’s were inspiring. Madison Christian Church was extremely well-represented among the attenders of this service.
If you were alive on 9/11/2011, you no doubt remember where you were and what you were doing when the planes flew into the World Trade Center North and South Tower, the Pentagon, and into a field in Shanksville, PA. We have services like this so that we never forget what took place.
One interesting thing, pointed out by Warren Motts, is that because 17 years have passed since the event, we now have an entire generation born post 9/11/2001. Their perspective is totally different, having not lived through that harrowing time in our history. It is our duty to help them understand what occurred and the significance of it.
One of the things I was asked to do in the service was to pray The September 11 Remembrance Prayer. Here are the words to that prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today, 9/11 is a difficult day.
The memories are painful and some of the wounds I fear may never heal.
Yet I pray you will help me to go on living for truth, firm in my hope of your salvation.
May I live for you, Lord, and by doing so, be an example to my friends and family.
I pray, just like Jesus, I may learn obedience through these things that I have suffered.
Help me not to question why, yet even if I do, give me courage to continue to trust you.
Help me take comfort and strength you’ve poured into my life and use it to comfort and strengthen others who need hope.
I pray that I might become a better person and help make the world a better place because of this terrible event.
Thank you for the heroes that gave so sacrificially on September 11. Help me to remember their courage and learn from them.
I want my life to be worthy of you Lord, so make of it what you desire, and use me to fulfill your purposes.
May the evil of that day cause me and my family to work harder to do good on this earth and bring your light into the dark places. Help me to never stop believing in you and living my life for you. Amen.