Ten years have passed. Our country still stands. The church still thrives. We take security for granted once again. Heroes still emerge in the most unlikely of places. Hatred and fear still consumes us globally. In the past ten years I have married, had two children, moved to a new city and a new job, completed a new degree, and have been tested and grown in my faith. Our country has seen some really dim times where people have taken advantage of others financially, our country has chosen great debt over less spending, and we continue to fight the war on terror. The church has found new ways to be globally involved, make faith and justice a priority, and be more vulnerable to pain and sorrow while still claiming Jesus as ultimate victor. While many things have changed in ten years some things stay the same. I appreciate things that are consistent and rally for things that need to change becoming better and different. On this anniversary we must all remember that lives were lost and lives forever changed. We must remember that the world is still and will always be broken and we need God more than ever. We must remember that heroes still emerge through the grace of Jesus Christ. We must remember that whether things go the way we plan or great trials change our path, God's eternal promises are still the same.
I will never forget that day! I will never forget, because I choose to remember. I will never forget in honor to those who were taken from us too soon. I will never forget because it reminds me that this world is a temporary dwelling and where I truly want to be is with Father, Son, and Spirit for eternity. So on 9/11 this year I will pray for the families who have been forever altered by that day. I will choose to be grateful for the life I have been so graciously given. I will continue to place my trust in God, worship the Lord Jesus Christ, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. I will never forget!