“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Today, across America we remember that dreadful day of September 11, 2001, another day in American history that shall “live in infamy.” We honor the fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors whose lives were so cowardly taken in an assault on the beacon of freedom and democracy this great nation symbolizes for so many in diverse places around the world. Sadly, like the Children of Israel, too many of the sons and daughters of America have forgotten how richly God has blessed this Land of Promise and has allowed it to evolve into a powerful source of hope for those in search of it.
Thomas Jefferson once said; “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance,” if true politically, how great a price spiritually we must pay? For eternity in heaven is liberal vigilance. Not the political concept of liberal that is banded about so liberally today, but freely giving time or some other asset abundantly i.e., a liberal helping. Today we remember the towers and the victims, as well as, the individuals that died trying to save both. We offer a liberal helping of our heart-felt sympathy and empathy to the grief stricken survivors and their families. Our prayers are they will find strength in our shared sorrow—we are all victims in one way or another. Let the healing continue.
Moses reminds us three times in Chapter 4 of the Book of Deuteronomy to “Take heed.” First, take heed and keep your soul diligently. Second, take heed that you not worship idols. Third, take heed that you not forget the covenant the Lord made with you. These are all dangers for us today. How easily we get careless about the welfare of our souls. How easily we worship modern idols. How easily we forget the promises of the Lord. We, too, must take heed. The price of our spiritual strength is eternal vigilance.
“Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:9-10). In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave his prayer proclamation to the nation.
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” No man can ever fill his shoes.
In remembrance of the fallen, as well as, those who may fall we pay homage;some gave all, all gave some, some gave more than others and some are still giving. “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others” (I-Corinthians 10:24). Be blessed until the blessed call you blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ