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Lord of Hosts, Stay With Us Yet

Do you remember when we said that we would always remember?

by Loyal 9 staff

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Photo credit: Ronille: https://pixabay.com/en/world-trade-center-memorial-271356/

Of course you remember the tragic shock when you heard, "Turn on the news," and switched on the television to see one building smoldering and then another one struck.

Do you also remember how it brought people together? People flowing toward the scene instead of away. Lives risked and lost to save others. The money, materials, and expertise. The prayers, the humility, and the soul searching, as individuals and as a country.

Did you feel then that you would be different, that family and loved ones would come first? That we would prioritize the right things in life? That we would be inspired by the heroes to live heroically?

Writer and rabbi/pastor Jonathan Cahn says that the tragedy should have been an opportunity. That was our chance to turn to love and goodness, and for believers to turn more fully to God. But, "In a few weeks, it was all over. There was no revival."

Instead, he says, we doubled down on our pride, and in quoting Isaiah 9:10 shows how we have tuned inward instead of outward. "The bricks have fallen, but WE will rebuild with hewn stone. The sycamores have been cut down, but WE will plant cedars in their stead." The result, Cahn says, is that "The city on the hill has grown dark. Its lamp has grown dim."

If there can be such a thing as a motto for a national tragedy, the motto became this: "We will remember."

Yet, talk is cheap. It is through our works, our fruits, that are souls are shown and our world is bettered.

Remember. Be better. Do. In our families, our communities, our country, our world.

The tumult and the shouting dies;

The Captains and the Kings depart:

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,

An humble and a contrite heart.

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

(Rudyard Kipling -- "Recessional")


11 Sep 2015
at 12:55PM

I disagree. Most of Americans have remembered and do not want all of the Muslims here now. It is Muslim loving Obama and his racist voters that made this current day happen. They are the God haters not the majority of Americans. You are judging us wrongly.

11 Sep 2015
at 09:22PM

Thanks for note. More than anything in this article, we are judging ourselves and inviting others to self reflection. Regarding Pres Obama, we clearly are no fans, but he is working in concert with 100 senators and 450ish representatives, Repub and Dem. Regarding Muslims, it is not the Muslims that are spying on our citizens, or letting banker criminals off, or beating up unarmed people, including disproportionate number of blacks, or passing laws with three congress in the room, or track all of our money and online transactions, or otherwise tearing the Bill of Rights to shreds. We do need to be vigilante of all threats, but we can't forget to be vigilante of home and rededicate ourselves. Luke and Josh, L9 writers

12 Sep 2015
at 11:26PM

Very nice. "We will remember!" (And I agree with Judy below that people have not forgotten; Obama and his "regime" surely thought of it as the successful launch of America into chaos.) And like Josh says, the Congress is working against the will of the people by not prosecuting those in Obama's administration who have gone against the laws of our Constitution.

14 Sep 2015
at 07:14AM

We all remember the events of 911. People say there are two (2) events in history where they remember where they were and what they were doing that day, the day that President John F. Kennedy was shot and September 11, 2001. I just attended a Public Safety Congress where we commemorated 9/11. Attending this conference were police, fire fighters and EMS workers, some of whom left their homes and went to Ground Zero to assist in locating survivors and after a time searching for those who did not survive to bring closure to families. These heroes have suffered from this in a way none of us can imagine. There was a 9/11 health program that was established to help these heroes called the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act that is about to expire and leave all these heroes without assistance. Please call your U.S. Senator and ask them to renew the critical 9/11 health program. Call 866-584-5728 or Text S11 to 237-263. When you text a message will come up thanking you for taking action on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Reauthorization Act of 2015. Reply with your zip code and it will connect you to your Senator's voicemail. Urge them to sign on as a cosponsor to this Act. Thank you for taking the time to do this. We need to support those that willing risked everything to be there and assist in the search and clean up of Ground Zero.

14 Sep 2015
at 11:25AM

This is a resolution for local city councils to pass (or a similar version). Please contact and encourage your city council to act to protect your children and grand children from the next holocaust created by the Obama Iran Nuclear advancement agreement. https://wwwjr.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/local-resolution-for-congress/

19 Sep 2015
at 02:02PM

I've been out of town a couple of weeks so I'm late on the discussion. I agree with Judy on one point, Muslims flew the planes into the twin towers. Americans do remember the event, but we have not learned the lesson. With our hubris we push on doing the things we've done hoping for a better result. In my 76 years I've witnessed our people turn away from those things which once made us a great people. Our integrity is disappearing, our morality as a nation diminishes and we don't bat an eye, we murder babies on a grand scale, we legalize aberrant behavior. I think God is not pleased. I suggest if we do not somehow get our act together we will be judged a lot more harshly than an article in Loyal 9

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