Ten years ago today, evil visited us and gave us a jolting reminder that it still lives and thrives in our times. There were many lives lost that day. The lives of those who survived, witnessed, or heard of these events were indelibly changed forever.
Many people prayed for the first time that day and have continued to pray ever since. For many, their faith may have been shaken. They wonder why a loving God would allow this to happen. Because He loves us, because He wants us to love Him, He gave us free will. He is always disappointed when there are those that abuse that gift of free will to hurt others. We may never see it, but those who wrongly exercise that free will answer for it eventually before the Almighty.
In the days that followed the tragic events of 9/11, differences were set aside and man helped his fellow man, showing compassion and love that seems to have long been missing in our society. It was hope in the face of tragedy. It was the undying spirit of freedom and determination in the face of pure evil whose intent was to tear us down. I am sure God was well pleased with the compassion and kindness poured out by His children in those days.
Firefighters, police, priests, and civilians became heroes that day. They helped men and women, old and young, friends and strangers, escape from harm’s way. Many of them gave their lives to ensure the safety of others.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13
One thing I know is clear. Despite the horrific tragedy that occurred on that day, God was with us. He was with those risking lives to save others. He was with those facing their last hours on Earth and making desperate last decisions. He was with those on Flight 93 who chose to fight back and save countless lives. He was with those who watched in horror on their tv sets. He comforted those who lost loved ones.
As humans, our knowledge and understanding is limited. We may never understand why this day happened. We may not always see good things that came from it. But God knows. He understands. And He’s there for us. He loves us still.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39