"Oh give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him. Talk of His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name. Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders and the judgments of His mouth." 1 Chronicles 16:8-12
As we sit on the eve of 9/11, I brace myself for what may come. There are a lot of crazy people in the world and many of them would love to see America fail as a nation. Even though we've moved a huge distance away from our foundation, America still has strong roots, and the enemy is working overtime to destroy them. America isn't a perfect nation, but it is the nation of my birth and I still count it as a privilege to live here. Yet, I have immense reservations for the future of this once great nation. Although we still have much for which to be thankful, there are many things weakening our nation bit by bit. It seems the history of how and why our nation was founded is slipping further and further away into the abyss. There are some unpleasant truths in our past and some would prefer to erase them from our history books.
But if we don't know where we've been, how will we know where we are?
I have lots of things which need to be remembered, even things from my past which were not particularly pleasant. It's not so I can dwell on them and perish in the pit of past regrets, but rather landmarks and places of learning. Recognizing where I chose poorly empowers me to choose more wisely in the future. I know there is value in remembering. Sometimes though, it seems there would be value in forgetting, and forgetting things is easy. The older I get, the more often I realize I've forgotten something, so I rely on my calendar to remind me of important events. What I've come to realize though, is there is greater purpose in remembering, especially when remembering God's faithfulness to me.
I think this is where my heart sorrows the most for this nation. Many seem to have forgotten God's mercy towards us. Even more tragically, they have forgotten Him, or worse, have never known Him!
I am only one small voice calling out to any and all who might be willing to hear and heed to voice of our Creator. Don't forget. Remember who gave you the privilege of living in this nation. Remember why this nation was founded and the reason. Remember to give Him glory and pray for Him to intercede on behalf of our nation. Remember to share His love with everyone you encounter so that they too might know the joy of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
He is our only hope.