A Day to Remember--Who's in Charge  

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)

Rally Day falls on 9-11 this year. Every year, when this day comes along, it is nearly impossible to remember that day in 2001. Yes, we remember. In the days that followed, I recall the country pulling together as people came from all around to help search through the rubble for any signs of life. There was 24 hour a day coverage on the news channels.

I remember thinking to myself, there is no longer a normal routine. Everything seemed so disrupted. In respect for those that had experienced loss, I felt the need to hold my breath, to stop moving forward, to be silent, to do something, give up something that would say I acknowledged their pain, I felt their loss.

Before the dust settled, we went to war. We were told that a message was being sent. It was a message that we are a united people, one nation under God indivisible, and we would not just go about our normal daily routine and live our lives like nothing had happened. An evil thing had been done to our brothers and sisters, our fellow Americans, and we could not in good conscience let it pass.

Every year when this date comes around, it is a Time to Remember. Each year it seems that there was so much that is hard to understand. But this I do – God is good…all the time. He doesn’t plan evil. It is the evil plans of man and the bad seeds of sin sown in their hearts that grow into plans for destruction of innocent lives.

Much time has passed since that day in September, but I will always remember it. Now. Fifteen years later, I choose to remember this. My Lord and God is in control. He has a heart of love for His people.

I resolve to remember this passage from Romans 8. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God be praised!

Pastor Tommy

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