Today marks a terrible day in America. It is a day that changed our nation like no other since the Civil War. Today was marked 10 years ago by a different kind of war. A war that was splayed out on unwilling participants. A war that was brought to our land without forethought, without our willing embarkation. Today will be a mystery, a tragedy, a pain for generations to come and maybe beyond. It is a day that changed how people think. And it is a day that God cried Ashes upon the grounds in New York.
There are 684 “Laws” in the new Testament (http://www.biblicalresearchreports.com/listofcommands.php). I am yet to find a passage that says to go out and kill those you disagree. I was unable to find anything that says being different means you must die. I also couldn’t find anything that says to sneak up on thy enemy and crash planes into their buildings. I also couldn’t find anything that says to blame all for the choices of some.
I have found, however, some interesting passages to consider as we move slowly forward, and further away from this life altering day, a day we should remember for all of those innocent, lost souls, that made their way to the gates of Heaven too soon.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Let us all see your good work. Share in the glory of a God of patience, of peace, of kindness.
Matthew 5:17-19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
(18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
(19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:
but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:33-37 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself,
but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
(34) But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
(35) Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
(36) Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
(37) But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Love thy enemies? But how? How can I love someone that has brought so much pain, so much death? Because you are children of God and forgiveness does not mean you must forget. Hold God in your hand as you offer the other to those that have brought you pain, sorrow, and has changed the course of our future forever.
Matthew 6:5-8 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
(6) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
(7) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
(8) Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
You pray from your heart. You pray to God. You pray honestly, sincerely, and he will hear your prayers, but he knows your heart long before your mouth utters a word.
Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
(10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
(11) Give us this day our daily bread.
(12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
(13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
A mere 10 years have passed since the day our lives were changed;
The suffering from so few have spread their wings across many.
The land is not barren but covered in the blood of heros;
In the blood we will rise above and form a hall of peace;
Through this hall we walk in honor of those who never knew
That on this day their lives would be taken to give rise to God’s lessons;
Through a lesson we never knew we had to learn.
A mere 10 years have passed and we wallow in ill will,
Our lesson being shunned.
Instead of offering a hand of God, we offer a shroud of blame.
In God’s hand he tells us to embrace what we are to learn
and than God reaches his hands to all;
In our lesson we are to embrace the tragic loss of life,
and say I honor you, the heros, some who were not even trained.
Heros that never stopped to ask “what is your belief” before
They ran head first into an inferno knowing this may be their last.
The hero sitting at his office desk, the women getting coffee,
We will never know the words of kindness, or their last thoughts,
but we can know that each of them were a hero to the end,
and each of them were welcomed by God
as the heavenly gates opened wide.
Our heros didn’t hesitate to help one over another.
They made their choice to do what they could
because each one walked forth in the honor as a child of God.
The trained and the untrained became
the savior for another in the brick and mortar rain.
A mere 10 years have passed and now we still sit in rubble
Excluding some to honor others is not a lesson learned
but one that will give God tears of ash to cry over a land
Rise up above the ashes and rejoice for the lives that were lost
as they were lost in God’s glory and sent us the lesson
to love in the honor and Peace,
The only answer.