9/11 – Have We Forgotten?

Today is the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York City. I recall the horror and shock as I watched the planes crash and burst into flames and listened to the reports of so many lives that were tragically snuffed out that day. The people in my office trembled and fear gripped many. It was a time to gather together, to comfort others and to pray. It was also a time many questioned God.

The message was clear to me however. If ever I doubted the presence of evil in this world, this brutal attack was proof that, yes, evil does exist. It is not something that can be ignored nor should it be. Some would suggest that evil is a figment of our imagination or a concept that has no substance. Some hold a polyanna view of life and live in a plastic bubble la-la land.

Evil is real. There is darkness in our world whether we want to admit it or not. People don’t always choose to do the good or the right thing and many are deceived. This is reality. But there is a bright side – a very bright side, in fact.

The Bible says that good overcomes evil and that out of every bad situation, some good can come of it. As I listened this morning to the tales of heroic efforts, compassion and charity, of new services that were developed to help the victims as a result of the attacks, I pondered the goodness and the grace of God. No, I don’t claim to understand why God allows these events to occur, but I do know that He can use them, and us, to make this world a better place to live.

If you have lost your faith due to some tragic event or loss in your life, I encourage you to give God a second chance. He can turn your pain into something far better. He can heal the hurting and comfort the wounded. Give God a second chance. He always give us one. Until next time, keep looking up!

9/11 – Have We Forgotten?

Today is the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York City. I recall the horror and shock as I watched the planes crash and burst into flames and listened to the reports of so many lives that were tragically snuffed out that day. The people in my office trembled and fear gripped many. It was a time to gather together, to comfort others and to pray. It was also a time many questioned God.

The message was clear to me however. If ever I doubted the presence of evil in this world, this brutal attack was proof that, yes, evil does exist. It is not something that can be ignored nor should it be. Some would suggest that evil is a figment of our imagination or a concept that has no substance. Some hold a polyanna view of life and live in a plastic bubble la-la land.

Evil is real. There is darkness in our world whether we want to admit it or not. People don’t always choose to do the good or the right thing and many are deceived. This is reality. But there is a bright side – a very bright side, in fact.

The Bible says that good overcomes evil and that out of every bad situation, some good can come of it. As I listened this morning to the tales of heroic efforts, compassion and charity, of new services that were developed to help the victims as a result of the attacks, I pondered the goodness and the grace of God. No, I don’t claim to understand why God allows these events to occur, but I do know that He can use them, and us, to make this world a better place to live.

If you have lost your faith due to some tragic event or loss in your life, I encourage you to give God a second chance. He can turn your pain into something far better. He can heal the hurting and comfort the wounded. Give God a second chance. He always give us one. Until next time, keep looking up!

Grateful for My Past

Now that another birthday has come and gone, I am more aware of how my past has shaped me into the person I have become. I realize that I am not only on a journey to faith, but also on a journey to healing. Neither path has been particularly easy unfortunately. But I am bound and determined to be as healthy as I can be and to help others on their journey as well.

I would dare venture to say that many of us have had unhappy, painful experiences in our past. In my case, I grew up in a dysfunctional home with an abusive alcoholic father. I learned many unhealthy ways of coping as a child which I have carried into my adult life. Slowly, I am learning to reprogram my thinking as I become more aware of the unconscious thoughts that cause me to react in a certain way.

During this month, I am choosing to be thankful for my past, my parents, and all those who have hurt me in some way. They have all been teachers sent to heal my soul and to teach me better ways of thinking and living.

I know this post is a bit deeper than most, but this is what has been on my mind today. As you reflect on your past, is there any unforgiveness, bitterness, or anger? If so, I encourage you this season to feel those feelings and then let them go. Replace them with the positive energies of love and forgiveness and then choose to be thankful for where you are today. “God works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

Grateful for My Past

Now that another birthday has come and gone, I am more aware of how my past has shaped me into the person I have become. I realize that I am not only on a journey to faith, but also on a journey to healing. Neither path has been particularly easy unfortunately. But I am bound and determined to be as healthy as I can be and to help others on their journey as well.

I would dare venture to say that many of us have had unhappy, painful experiences in our past. In my case, I grew up in a dysfunctional home with an abusive alcoholic father. I learned many unhealthy ways of coping as a child which I have carried into my adult life. Slowly, I am learning to reprogram my thinking as I become more aware of the unconscious thoughts that cause me to react in a certain way.

During this month, I am choosing to be thankful for my past, my parents, and all those who have hurt me in some way. They have all been teachers sent to heal my soul and to teach me better ways of thinking and living.

I know this post is a bit deeper than most, but this is what has been on my mind today. As you reflect on your past, is there any unforgiveness, bitterness, or anger? If so, I encourage you this season to feel those feelings and then let them go. Replace them with the positive energies of love and forgiveness and then choose to be thankful for where you are today. “God works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)