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Devotional: 9/11 reflection and renewal

Added on Friday, September 8, 2017

It’s been 16 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Another anniversary brings with it the return of all of the emotions and reflection of that day.

We recall where we were. The images we saw on TV. How we reacted. How we felt; helpless, and filled with heartache.

Salvation Army ground zeroAt nearly 1,400 feet, One and Two World Trade Centers were the tallest buildings on the planet. The world looked on as it took only seconds for them to fall.

The twin towers, the plane crash in Pennsylvania, and the plane crash at the Pentagon caused the deaths of nearly 3,000 people and wounded 6,000 more.

Today we remember the lives lost and families impacted and turn to Scripture as our healing guide. Jesus has prepared a place for us, where we do not perish, but have eternal, everlasting life.

John 14:1-2: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

It is from death that new life arises. Such is the case at ground zero, too. The destroyed World Trade Center site looks nothing like it did on that fateful day. It now has a memorial, museum and a new trade center building. The entire site is known as The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

The memorial and museum honor the lives lost, while the exhibits explain the tragedy. The new trade center – the affectionately-named Freedom Tower – is taller than the previous towers. It stands at 1,776 feet. Its height symbolizes the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The building serves as a symbol of freedom, determination and renewal.

On Sept. 11, as we reflect on the images and the ashes of a devastating terrorist attack, let us also be reminded that there is renewal and rebirth.

Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The Salvation Army believes that the only way to change the ways of the world is to replace them with God’s truth, revealed in His word – the Bible. There are no shortcuts.