September 11 sneaks up on me yet I can still remember every event of that morning like it was yesterday. I can still picture stopping cold in front of the TV as I saw the smoke billowing from the World Trade Center. I remember leaving the apartment just to get away from those images. I remember the father in the park telling me that the towers had just collapsed and I myself collapsing into tears. As painful as these memories are for me, I lift up those who were more deeply affected by this tragic day. I weep for those who never had the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones.
This morning, as Ian and I were reading our devotional, we were led to Romans 8:35-39(NLT):
"Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.") No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't , and teh demons can't. Our fears for today, our woories about tomorrow, adn even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Horrific events will happen. God grieves these with us. Still, I know where I am going if my life were to end as abruptly as those lost that sad September day. My prayer is that you know where you will be going to.