Pastor's Blogby Rev. Kevin Miller
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REMEMBERING 9-11 September 11, 2019
Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16
Let’s be honest. It’s easier just to go about my day as usual. To cover the things on my to-do list and not think about what happened 18 years ago today.
But the reality is, the wounds are still open and raw. The reality is that we owe it to those who were murdered at the Twin Towers in New York City, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field, as well as their families, friends. We also remember the 23 New York Police officers who were killed in the attack, as well as the 241 members (so far) of the NYPD who have died of 9-11 related illnesses. We also remember 343 members of the Fire Department of New York who died in the attack, as well as 202 (so far) FDNY members who have died of 9-11 related illnesses.
Out of respect to the countless family members and friends…we have an obligation to pause and remember. And more importantly, never forget!
I well remember exactly where I was when I first heard the news of the attacks on September 11. But in retrospect, I also think about where I was the Saturday before. My wife’s parents were returning from a trip and we picked them up at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. We arrived early and met some friends who live just north of Chicago. We ate at a restaurant in the terminal and then walked over to the gate to greet my in-laws as they came off their flight.
You can’t do this anymore! Everything changed after 9-11. It’s a small thing, really, but it points to the reality of freedoms and innocence that was lost because of what happened.
For many people who lost loved ones on this day, the memories and impact are very different and very real. I also remember in the days after, President Bush encouraged Americans to “get back to normal.” This is very difficult to do when “normal” has changed.
Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, “Be very careful, then, how you live…” If this day reminds us of anything, it is that we really have little control over what happens in the world.
Despite all the technological advances, meteorologist’s still cannot fully predict the path of hurricanes and tornados. Even though we’ve beefed up security, shooting sprees still happen. In the last 18 years, medical science has made amazing advances, but the mortality rate is still 100 percent.
Remember this day and that our lives together were forever changed. But, as Paul writes, make the most of every opportunity. May you “be filled with all the fullness of God,” (Eph. 3:19) and give control of your life to the only One who is really in control.