Twelve years ago my generation lost their innocence as a normal day turned into a day that we will never forget. A day that saw planes fly into buildings in New York City, Washington D.C., as well as a field in Pennsylvania we were left filled with fear, anger, and doubt.
It also left a question of “why?”.
The question of “why?” is one that is asked often as life events unfold. Despite all of our desires to feel safe, the efforts we make to protect ourselves and our families, we still experience terrible tragedies. These tragedies occur and exist because of evil. We now know that evil exists in this world.
On 9/11/2001 we saw first hand the devastation of hatred as our country was attacked. Countless times the phrase, “never forget” has been uttered, a similar phrase made after the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995. Both are incredibly important. Not to mention other attacks that have occurred in our country, as well as attempted attacks, and those attacks we’ve experienced abroad. They feel never-ending.
Strictly thinking about one event, or the events in a series can leave one filled with despair.
Yet there is hope.
Our innocence may be gone, but our resolve is not and it should not be. All feelings of betrayal, of despair, of fear, of anger, and innocence lost can shape our future.
This future can be lined with hope despite the darkness we see around us.
As we remind ourselves of events in life, catastrophic one’s like those related to terrorism, or other life experiences such as disease or hurt caused by others, let us remember there is one looking to us.
He sent his son to seek and save the lost. He came to heal the sick. He came to give real life.
While what we experience cannot be taken away, we can lay all of our emptiness and fears at his feet. Each day. Each hour. Each minute. Each second. He will supply our needs, just as he has done for birds. He has created us brilliantly just as he has created flowers. He offers hope when we see & experience suffering.
Our innocence is lost, but we can still have hope in today, and dream of a brighter tomorrow.