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")
The hour is grave because of what we have forgotten.
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