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In Memory

Weekly Devotionals

In Memory

Not just for Americans, but 9/11 remains to be a day that will forever stand out in history.  Like many who remember where they were that morning, it was my senior year of college and we had just moved in.  The cable had yet to be installed, so when I woke up that morning, I found my roommates huddled around the radio as if we were back in the 30’s.  When I asked them what they were listening to, they simply said, “The world is coming to an end.”  It wasn’t until I got to class, that the magnitude of that catastrophic day came to light.

With the lecture hall completely packed, we continued to wait for the professor to show up.  Instead, members of the student government came in.  Through muffled words and tears, they told the class that the 2nd tower had been hit and that both had fallen.  Class was cancelled.  At that moment, students began running out of the auditorium, while others started to cry at the thought of having lost a loved one.  For me, I sat there a bit longer and let it sink in.  Then panic struck.  “Wait, did my friend Eric work in the building?”  Unable to recall, I dialed his number as the phone trembled in my hand.  The call didn’t go through.  No calls were going through that day.  For the next few days, America began rebuilding.  For the next few days, I kept calling Eric.  He finally answered.  Eric did work in the World Trade Center, but that day, he had an earache.  It isn’t something many people stay home for, but it bothered him just enough to call in sick.  Thank the Lord.

That was 16 years ago, and for the past 16 years, I always take a few moments to email Eric on every September 11th.  I let him know that I am happy to still have him in my life.  I let him know that I am thankful that we remain in touch over the years, and how he stood by my side on my wedding day.  I let him know how I am blessed that we are in the same stage of life together, married with kids. But more than anything, I let Eric know how I thank God for our continued brotherhood…and how I pray that the Lord will continue to bless him and his family this upcoming year.  Though one of my best friends, Eric doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus.  I pray that he will one day.  But sadly, I only remind myself of this once a year.

It is true that we don’t know how long we will be on this earth.  It is true that the future is unknown and that things are more unpredictable than ever.  Though this may drive us to live our own lives more faithfully and fervently for Him every moment we wake, it should equally remind us of our duty and responsibility to carry out the Great Commission.  I shouldn’t need the memorial of 9/11 to remind me of this command.  I pray that this day, we all take a moment in memory of those that we have lost.  But I also pray that we continue to remain faithful in reaching those that are still lost.