I wanted to take a moment to send this e-mail to encourage you to take a few moments on this day to remember and pray for those who became victims of the terrorist attack on our Nation on September 11th, 2001.
While that day seems so long ago, in a way, it seems like it was only yesterday as most people know exactly where they were, and what they were doing when they first heard the word of the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
Yet, for those who were directly affected, such as family members, firefighters and emergency responders, this day is especially difficult as they deal with the loss of life, loss of health, and feel the overall sorrow associated with so many aspects of this day.
If you know anyone who may be dealing with these things, I want to ask you to pray for them and their families, then do whatever you can to encourage them, even if it’s simply being a “listening ear” for them.
We as a Nation should never forget this day, yet, we cannot live in bitterness, fear, and worry that something like this will happen again. We must live our lives, especially as Christians with a sense and belief that God is in control, and ultimately will give justice where it is needed, and mercy where it is needed as well. Yet, the most profound gift He gives is His grace which is still “amazing”. He died on the cross so that you and I can experience freedom, and this is the message of grace.
This world cries out for peace, but for the child of God, we know that true peace will never be felt in totality until Jesus Christ rules and reigns. Revelation 7:17 (KJV) 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
We know that even now, God is the giver of comfort, peace, and rest even in the midst of turmoil and heartache. He truly gives a “peace which passes all understanding”.
So, I want to encourage you today to “pause, remember, and encourage” as we continue to move forward as a nation.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Doe
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