Devotion for 9-11
A dozen years have passed since those towers fell.
So many lives lost all at once began a story we must tell.
It was this generation’s Pearl Harbor—a sudden call to arms.
But in the depths of every heart it should have set off an alarm.
That in this world you will have trouble, that’s just the way things are.
But for those who call him Lord, Jesus says take courage, and take heart.
For though you will have trouble, tribulation, trials, and pain,
I gave my life to remove your sin and have overcome the world by taking it up again.
For we may battle enemies at home and on foreign shores,
The victory we need the most will not come from these wars.
For we battle forces of darkness and against the enemy’s schemes,
Against evil forces that dwell in heavenly realms and their earthly principalities.
But our call is to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
To put on the full armor of God until that unknown hour,
When Christ shall come and claim his own from this chaotic world.
And his gospel banner of truth and peace and love will at last be unfurled.
Today we remember the evil that was perpetrated upon this nation, the loss of many, and the pain of our collective heart. We pray for all who lost loves ones in these attacks and in the rescue efforts that followed. We pray for those who answered a patriotic call to arms. We pray that courage, honor, and valor will always be associated with the title, American.
But above these things, it is our hope that we were attacked for being a godly nation, for such persecution puts us in good company.
It is our hope that this tragedy which has become a distant memory to some will cause a fire to burn in us continually that we seek God’s righteousness and not merely revenge.
We hope that in the time we have remaining in these bodies and on this earth; our nation will be God’s light unto the world.
These are lofty but worthy objectives that may seem beyond our grasp, but what is fully within our reach is that we who enjoy the blessings of liberty also shine God’s light into the world one by one, church by church, and community by community.
These things we can do.
Let us remember this day with solemn reverence for those who have died for this grand experiment we call America.
Moreover, let us move forward with the conviction to become a godly nation one Christian at a time.
May God bless America, and may we shine God’s light into the world.