These weekend features are to remind us of all of the INGs of life. The Waiting, the Enjoying, the Believing. The things that make your heart sit up and take notice, or simply take up room in your head all week. Here’s what’s taking up residence this week:
Thirteen years ago, I was a twenty-four year old new mom to a ten month-old baby boy. We were living in a basement apartment in a city we weren’t planning to live in much longer. We had dreams of having more children and dreams of having a place for them to roam and play. Some land. A house. Freedom.
On the morning of September 11th, I flipped on the tiny borrowed TV with rabbit-ear antennae perched on a chair to see the horrifying details that had were unfolding on every station.
In those first moments there were so many questions. I felt the same way I always feel when an earthquake hits. Will there be more? Is the house still shaking or is that my imagination? Is this just the beginning?
I’d never been to New York City, nor did I know anyone living there at the time. So I didn’t have a personal connection to the city, but I do have a personal connection to my country and to people. To families. To loved ones. To the sacredness of human life.
I ached with that deep sorrow we all felt as we counted the lives and hopes lost.
From that morning on, moms everywhere began to wonder how they could continue to raise children and bring new life into a world such as this. It had become devastatingly cruel.
Evil is evil. But it doesn’t win in the end.
So while we’re remembering that dark and horrible September day in 2001, let’s not forget to remember God hasn’t left us for dead.
He is over all.
Redeeming all things.
And He will continue to use us and our children to bring light into the darkest of days on this earth.
This weekend, may we not fear the future. May we not fear evil.
Because the victory is won. Already. Christ has conquered sin and death for those who believe.