Some Just Didn’t Come Home: Devotion

September 11, 2001 changed the lives of countless people forever. The day started out pretty much as usual. People went off to work. Children got ready for school. The sun came up in our part of the world and went down in others. None of the victims got up, got dressed and knew they would never see their loved ones again. Maybe there was a couple that fought before they left home, or the child that screamed at their parent as they parted; never to return to that house again. Or…just maybe it was the Fireman who kissed his wife, hugged his children or told someone special good by for the last time. Maybe it was the person who had recently accepted Christ into their heart that entered that fatal building or one of the planes or the Pentagon that morning; or worse, the person who kept putting off facing that decision to follow the Lord. Most of us know where we were when we heard the news, but where were we in our walk with God? Where are we now, ten years laterEphesians 5:2 KJV; “And walk in love, as Christ hath also loved us.” Ephesians 6:10 NIV; “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” It was a time when Islamic extremist thought Americans so unworthy as to be a target of total destruction. No matter what your race was, no matter what your creed or religion was; you were first and foremost an American. It was out of love and dedication that the heroes of 9-11 responded. Whether they were civilians or public servants, they did not care what your color was or your ethnic background. They did not consider your economic status. They were all united in one cause, to save human life and give comfort. John 15:13 NIV; “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Did innocent people die for apparently no reason? You know they did. We must remain firm in the knowledge that God may have allowed this to happen, but He sure did not cause it. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT; “For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord, “They are plans for good, and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” We do have a future, but we also have a past. This part of it, we should never forget.