Lest we forget ...

September 11th, 2018

Few events in recent history have left as lasting an impact on millions of people as those that transpired on September 11, 2001. For those old enough to remember, images of destruction and pain contrasted by portraits of selflessness and heroism are forever etched into countless minds and hearts. On the seventeenth anniversary of that fateful day, relatives and friends once again gathered at ground zero in Manhattan to hear read aloud the names of the 2,996 people who died that day. Attendance at this ceremony has become a ritual for thousands of people who gather for various reasons. Rob Fazio, whose father died in the World Trade Center, told reporters last year that he plans to continue attending the ceremony every year, as it has become for him a source of strength. Others attend as a way to remember the sacrifice of emergency workers who continue to place their lives on the line each day to protect others. Yet, for others like Delaney Colaio, attending the ceremony is a time to remember “that no matter how dark moments of life can get, there is light ahead if you just choose hope.”

What do you remember?

Our memories serve as a filtered collection of our personal past and history. While we may forget some things we’d prefer to remember (or remember some things we’d rather forget), our memories are a gift from God that give us identity and purpose. We have the ability to remember the truths of God along with people and experiences that reinforce what we know about our Heavenly Father. Yet, with this gift, we also are capable of learning and embracing other worldly ways that preach pursuit of selfish desires. Our minds are frequently in a battle for what truths we should choose to remember. Yet, it is only in remembering God’s Word and putting it into practice that we find our lasting joy and true purpose in life.

Question of the day: What is your favorite memory from this past summer?
Focal scriptures: Acts 20:17-38; Deuteronomy 6:5-14; James 1:22-25 

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