As many of you can relate, I will never forget 9/11/01. Our house phone rang early that morning. You know when it rings that early, something tragic has happened. My husband, Bill, was just walking into the garage to head to work when he answered the phone and raced back in to turn on the TV. I jumped out of bed to see what was happening and, like so many others, was literally in a state of shock. You see Bill worked for a video security company with offices in New York and they were alerting him to the situation. Even as I write, the emotion is fresh and real. I was a young Mom and our oldest was in his 3rd week of Kindergarten. This may have been the first time in my life that I felt a deep sense of fear. Our country was under attack! I remember wanting my whole family under one roof where everyone, in my mind, would be protected and safe. In times of tragedy, we want to be with the ones we love the most. As the morning progressed and new horrors were developing, I was frozen. The fear of the unknown had set in. I called the school to see what measures they had in place. I called my friend and neighbor and asked her to come over so I wouldn’t be alone when Bill left for work. I called our parents, siblings, and friends to make sure that everyone was aware and safe. I thought and prayed for family that we had on the East Coast. I spent that day mourning for those who lost their lives and for their families. I truly was consumed with the fear of the unknown and it was paralyzing.
Did you know that the Bible has a lot to say about fear? The exact phrase, “Fear not” appears over 60 times in the King James Version. The words “do not be afraid” show up roughly 77 times in the NIV.
What I now know is that the Lord understands our fear. He knew that I had never been down this road before. He was there in the pit with all of us that fateful day.
So today I will choose to do the following:
Mourn again with our nation. It’s ok to remember and grieve.
Spend time in God’s word, filling my heart with hope that He is in control
Calling someone that has been on my heart.
Lastly, I will pray for our great nation. That we unite as we did on 9/11/01. We were all in fear and we were all there for one another. So today, I will leave you with a challenge. Ask yourself, what can I do to serve someone else today? Pay attention to who the Holy Spirit places on your heart. Call them. Be the light on this dark day.
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