Ten Years Ago:
I was the girl with two (yes two.) “God Bless America” stickers on my classic car. I was the girl who cried at the country songs demanding revenge and anger. I was the girl who felt shocked and vulnerable with the rest of the United States as I watched the second tower get hit on live television.
Why? Well, you see, my dad was supposed to be there. Actually, both of my parents were supposed to be in New York on that beautiful, horrible Tuesday morning. Not only in New York, but in the World Trade Center. My dad had a meeting in one of the towers and my mother intended to do some shopping on a lower floor.
Thankfully, his plans changed. My mother had gone to town, and my dad was in Florida.
I was at home with the kids. I watched the second tower get hit before they even woke up. But when they did wake up, we tried to watch cartoons, but even the cartoon channels were news coverage.
So, I felt it. Tragedy seemed very, very close to me.
But what about now?
Well, I’m the same girl, just ten years older; and I was trying hard to put into words how my feelings about justice and mercy, revenge and love have changed in these ten years… But it’s already been done:
Therefore, we will magnify the mercy of God by praying for our enemies to be saved and reconciled to God. At the personal level we will be willing to suffer for their everlasting good, and we will give them food and drink. We will put away malicious hatred and private vengeance. But at the public level we will also magnify the justice of God by praying and working for justice to be done on the earth. – Pastor John Piper, (9/12/2001)
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So, lets be quick to pray for and love our enemies, while still holding tight to what is good and right… because of Christ.
And hopefully ten years from now there will countless tales of former terrorists coming to love Jesus and live for him because of our love.