Few days are forever etched in the memories of a generation; Sept 11, 2001 was one of those days. People around the globe can tell you where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news of the planes being flown into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and of Flight 93.
Tears were shed for loved ones, for the heroes and for the senseless murder of nearly 3,000 people.
Whether one knew the victims personally or not, cheeks were wet and loved ones held close. It was in our tears that our humanity was shown and despite our differences, we knew we could relate and comfort one another.
We find comfort with people who can relate to our struggles and our pain. Many of us have lost a parent, spouse, child or friend.
Jesus the Christ also shared that same pain. In John 11: 35 it says, “Jesus wept.” He wept for the death of His friend Lazarus. So simple are these words but how powerful in that we have a Saviour who isn’t devoid of emotion, but has gone through the same sufferings we have as well.
When we lose a loved one, the world may not stop, but our own world does, and it is in the presence of those who have known our loss that we find great comfort.
On a personal note of this 10th anniversary of 9/11, Mark, Claudia and Robert, we will never forget.
Pastor Steve Naylor
Published in Delta Optimist Sept 9 2011