Thursday, September 15, 2011

From Age to Age...

From Age to Age…

Psalm 94:14-15
“…will not forsake His people; He will not abandon His heritage; for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.”
November 22, 1963…January 28, 1986…April 19, 1995…April 20, 1999…September 11, 2001. 
Do any of these dates bring back memories?  Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when John F. Kennedy was assassinated (November 22, 1963), or the Challenger exploded (January 28, 1986), or when the Murrah Federal Building was bombed in Oklahoma City (April 19, 1995), or when the Columbine shootings occurred (April 20, 1999), or when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were targeted (September 11, 2001).  For many of us, these events and dates bring to mind memories of fear, sadness, disbelief and shock.  The idea that people could have such destruction and hate in their hearts that innocent lives would be taken as a result is hard to understand.
God’s people are people who remember.  Throughout Scriptures, many occasions are noted in which the people of God took time to remember events of the past and sought to look for the hand of God at work through all that had happened.  Taking time to remember events of the past helps us to see how the Lord never forsakes His people.  Through our thoughtful commemoration of a significant event in the life of our country we can gain a special perspective on the providence of God who as the psalmist writes, “…will not abandon His heritage.”
Commemorating events like those of September 11th is the perfect time for Christians to remember that the day is about our grace filled God and all He has done then, and what He promises yet to do.  He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning, the End, and all of the events in between.
Gracious God,
You are the source of everlasting security.  We thank and praise you for being the God of ages.  Thank you for your promise to be with us always, and not abandon us.  As we pause to remember events such as September 11th, keep our eyes focused on you and remember your providence.  Amen

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