On this 11th anniversary of the shock and horror of 9/11, I want to share a few observations and then ask for prayer.
Much has happened in the past 11 years, a lot of it good. Perhaps the best, for me, has been the renewed sense of respect that people show to policemen, firemen and, especially, our military. Those of us who came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s, in particular, know that those who put themselves on the line to keep us safe haven’t always been held in the esteem they deserve. Now, however, I see people waving at a policeman on patrol or paying for the coffee for the fireman back in the line. Recently, an executive gave up his seat in first class and insisted on moving to the back of the plane so that a serviceman, returning from his final tour in Afghanistan, could move up front.
Even though 9/11 ushered in a dark period, I am now more optimistic than ever. I see people making sacrifices that build the kingdom of God on Earth and store up treasures in heaven. I see people pouring themselves into each other and their churches. I see people energized to do even more.
On this anniversary, please pray for peace for the families and other loved ones of those who perished. Please pray for our police, firemen and military, that they will stay safe while they continue to keep us safe. Please pray for Bayside, too, that we, as a church family, will continue to represent the grace and love of Jesus Christ to our community, our region and the world!