Some time ago I received a lot of comments on this blog and on another forum when I posed the question about modesty in dress. About fifty percent of the respondents felt it was okay for women, and men, to wear shorts to church and some of the other fifty percent said they would not wear shorts to church, but they didn't see anything wrong with it. Now I come to another controversial topic which someone else started, and which I felt that as a Christian parent and grandparent I should get involved in. The question was, "Should YA (young adult) books contain profanity?"
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Image via WikipediaIf you are anywhere on this planet, you know that today is the tenth anniversary of the infamous 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. Many hearts are hurting as they recall the horrific events of that day. Even those of us who did not lose loved ones reflect on that event with pain and more than just a shudder. As I write this, tears well up in my eyes for those whose loved ones were so brutally snatched from him.
Much has happened since then. The American government has stepped up its fight on terror. There is heightened security at airports, wars are being fought in other parts of the world and Osama Ben Ladin, leader of the terrorist group responsible for the bombing, is now dead. But where are we as a people, as a nation, with regards to this incident? Are we still bitter, angry, resentful that this has happened? In an MSNBC report, Elijah Portillo, 17, whose father was killed in the attack, said he had never wanted to attend the anniversary because he thought he would feel angry. But this time was different, he said.
"Time to be a big boy," Elijah said. "Time to not let things hold you back. Time to just step out into the world and see how things are."
It must have taken a lot of courage for that young man to get to this point. Healing of a broken heart may take years, more for some than for others. Is it time for us to heal? The answer is yes, if we turn our hearts to God. At the memorial at Ground Zero, President Obama quoted from Psalm 46, "Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea."
Out of the rubble and devastation can rise a new hope, a new faith, a new strength, but we have to put our trust, not in ourselves, but in God. Hebrews 13: 6 says, "So we may boldly say: 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?' "
America, let us put aside the fear and look to God for our healing. For those who have lost loved ones, my heart goes out to you. The memories will not fade, and you may not want them to, but the pain and hurt will. Just turn it over to God. He is your healer and your deliver. Maybe the video below will help. Enjoy!
- A changed America marks 10 years since 9/11 (abclocal.go.com)
- Guest column: Mosaic of Faith - Area clergy on the meaning of 9/11 (knoxnews.com)