Tomorrow we remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 when nearly 3,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured.
When the airplanes flew into the World Trade Center Towers, it resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil.
This attack was carried out by the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda who hijacked four airplanes. Two of them flew into the World Trade Center Towers in New York, another flew into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the fourth airplane was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania following the heroic efforts of some of the passengers.
I will never forget the shock we experienced as the events unfolded…we were glued to the news reports all day. There was uncertainty about what else was being planned.
As people fled the burning buildings, brave men and women ran into chaos.
Several years ago, Leigh-Ann and I were able to visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York. It is an incredible tribute. Every name is etched in stone to ensure we never forget.
As I reflect back on the 9/11 Memorial and the tragedy that came first, I am reminded that life is never guaranteed. Everything can change in a moment.
This Sunday, we go back to our study through John, “Discovering God Now and Forever.” We will pick up in John 16…this is in the middle of some of the final words of Jesus to His disciples. He has told them to abide in Christ and love one another. Now Jesus is telling the disciples, they will experience persecution.
As soon as Jesus went away, the hatred would shift from Him to them. The disciples would experience persecution. And Jesus is telling them to be prepared.
The news is not all harsh…this Sunday as we look at the promise of persecution, we will be encouraged to know the persecution we face will point us toward the greatest news in the history of the world, the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Additionally, instead of running away from persecution, like the brave men and women on 9/11 we can run toward those in need and hang our hope on the resurrection. We everything seems dark, we can make a difference.
I sure hope you can join us in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.