We are living in a time of violence, hatred and constant turbulence. We are at war with our fellow brothers and sisters finding fault with everything and everyone. Nothing is sacred anymore, everyone is sensitive to the point of negativity.
As someone who posts daily on Facebook about God’s Word and His love for us I see the hatred and sadness. I post for others to be reminded of a bible verse to give hope or comfort. It is saddening when someone has to comment hatefully about politics and other humans instead of breathing in God’s love. I would like to address this hatred and unhappiness.
We live in a country of freedom. A country we can practice religion freely, own our own business, dress how we want, have food readily available and have the right to vote allowing us a say in our country. We have freedoms other countries can’t even imagine because of the terror, oppression and poverty. Our daily blessings are things others in other countries have never been able to have and many never will.
I want to go back to September 11, 2001. A morning most of us will never forget. A morning that we never thought would happen. We witnessed a terrorist attack in America that took us all by surprise. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others and many others died from respiratory diseases well after the attack. Billions of dollars in property was destroyed. We have one of the I beams from the World Trade Center in the George W. Bush library here in Dallas. When you look at it you literally feel the sadness attached to it. One day it stood supporting a structure strong and firm and the next day crumbled and destroyed.
I remember the silence that fell over the United States that day and the days to follow. All flights were grounded, people were stuck wherever they were. There were no cars to rent, trains weren’t moving nor were buses at first. People that were separated from their families were desperate to get home. Television shows were preempted by news around the clock. The country’s mood was disbelief and confusion and most people appeared zombie like. The devastation was not only physical to the properties damaged but emotional to our hearts and minds. It was a time like no other I had seen in my lifetime. JFK’s assassination happened before I was born which I think would somewhat compare to the mood and surprise at that time.
I don’t want to dwell on the negative but instead find the positive in this terrible tragedy and remind us of something that happened. This is something we should do today and that is to reunite as a nation.
Only a few days after the horrible attack, members of congress stood together in unity for a prayer vigil and to sing “God Bless America” on Capitol Hill. This moment showed no sides, no republican/democrat division, no race division and no religious division. It only showed Americans standing together, proud of their country and what it stands for and that we will all be united no matter what. You can see the prayer service here.
Billy Graham spoke and said, “We’ve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest.”
Those five words Billy Graham said is what helped us through, “But God can be trusted”. These are words I use daily and I constantly pray that others do too. Trusting God changes everything and changes everything immediately.
What a beautiful country we could be in if we stood together in faith instead of protest. If we could look to God for guidance instead of our brothers and sisters for blame. If we could stand together in the most powerful and affluent country proudly instead of tearing it down.
Roughly more than 1.1 million Americans have given their life in wars for the sole purpose of keeping us free and safe. Please honor those people for we would not be here today if no one offered themselves up for service to protect our rights and our country. Did you know about .5% of Americans are serving in our military forces each and every day?
I want to encourage us to turn to prayer and trust God. He has always provided for us when we sit quietly and listen to Him. If America would sit quietly, listening to God, pray for tolerance and love one another like the Bible states as the second commandment we will be a better nation.
I don’t preach politics not do I discuss politics. Every American has the right and freedom to believe how they choose. I only ask that you put God first when forming your beliefs and what He has taught us. This is what 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
I pray that America takes a deep breath, puts others first and trust completely in God. When others speak and you don’t agree remember they are children of God and He placed them here for a reason just like you and me. A pure heart leads to peace.
My love and gratitude for you-LoLo
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