A Decade Later

TODAY marks another anniversary of a date that no one in the United States should ever forget. Ten years ago today terrorists struck our land and shattered our feeling that we were free from outside aggression. Many people lost their lives and many others were injured.

Today, we come together as a nation to remember the horror of that day and to remember in prayer those who died. We pray for their loved ones and for those who were injured. And we pray also for those brave men who overcame the terrorists on the plane which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Our nation mourned our dead and our churches were filled as we came together to pray. There was a feeling of pride and unity. People of all walks of life came together to offer assistance. Blood drives were held and supplies and donations were sent to the affected areas. Volunteers responded in record numbers.

Our nation began to rebuild our lives and as time went on, things got a little better. However, too many of us have forgotten what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. We remember it on the anniversary and then it is placed on the back burner, just like Dec. 7, 1941 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and Feb. 26, 1993 when the first World Trade Center attack took place.

We must never become complacent and think it won’t happen again. We hope not, but we are not certain. It is important that we be prepared. A great American President, Thomas Jefferson once said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

It is important that we become a nation at prayer. These are difficult times for our country. Our economy is in shambles, unemployment is rampant and there are feelings of fear and uncertainty. We are hopeful that conditions will improve. And over time they will because we have a lot of good people in our country and many of them pray. We refer to them as “the silent majority.”

Well, it is time once again for that silent majority to wake up and to let our voices be heard throughout the land. God must be a welcome guest in our homes and in our schools and public buildings. We must make our family life strong. We cannot continue to break God’s laws and expect him to bless our country.

It is wise to recall the words of Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian commentator, who recounted how the United States and its people helped other countries in their time of need. Sinclair said he can name 5,000 times when the Americans responded to help other people in trouble. “Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to help Americans in trouble?”

Sinclair said America will come out of this tragedy with their flag high. We believe he is correct.

We must never forget 9/11, the attack on the World Trade Center and Pearl Harbor. Let us resolve to work and pray for peace and justice in our world and in our families. May a feeling of patriotism burn brightly in our hearts. Let us ask God to protect those in our armed forces and bring them home safe and soon.

A reader once sent a card that contains prayers for our president, Congress and the people of the United States.

“Gracious and loving God, we come to you in humble prayer for the United States. Bless our president and give him wisdom and strength to serve the American people and lead our country in ways that are pleasing to you.

“Bless our Congress. Instill in them knowledge and understanding to enact laws that protect the sanctity of life – from the unborn to the elderly; and promote the good of all people;

“Bless the people of the United States. Make us aware of our responsibility as citizens to uphold the principles of life, liberty, justice and equality. Send Your Holy Spirit on our beloved country. Make us a people of faith in times of uncertainty; a people of hope in times of trouble; a people of compassion with those who are less fortunate; Make us people of peace in our homes, our communities, our country and our world.”

God Bless America. May He keep us at peace and free from terror and war.