DayBreaks for 9/12/16 – Children of 9/12
I recently subscribed to a blog by Mitch Teemley called The Power of Story. Today I am going to borrow from his excellent post on 9/11.
It seems that not only due our nation experience trauma on 9/11/01, but many upsetting and sorrowful events took place in the Teemley family at that same time. And doesn’t that seem to be the way it always works? When trouble finds us, it comes in wave after wave like the surf of the ocean.
Mitch wrote: “Nothing seemed certain anymore. Before 9/11 we’d fallen, as people often do, into merely living. 9/11 reminded us, as death always does, that life must not be taken for granted. By 9/12 we were remembering what life was for.
“We mustn’t forget 9/11, but neither must we live there. 9/11 was about death. 9/12 is about life. To live in 9/11 is to honor the killers who carved the date into our hearts, to focus, like them, on revenge and on eliminating our enemies. But enemies can never be eliminated because…
“The very act of eliminating enemies always creates new ones. Always. It’s a hideously efficient birthing process…
“May we be the offspring of 9/12, not 9/11. May the world see that we are about life, not death, on an errand of mercy, not the fool’s errand of ‘eliminating’ our enemies. The perpetrators of 9/11 were about death. Let us be about life.”
Deut. 30:10 – I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
PRAYER: Jesus, let us be about life…and be people who share the Life with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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