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5 Things to Be Reminded of 21 Years after 9/11 by Michelle Rabon
1. Live every day as the gift it is. We are not promised tomorrow, long lives, or even lives that are easy and without pain. Each day we are given is a gift before us, one that we should use to glorify God in all things.
2. Love our neighbors. This is a lesson that has faded in the last few years. We no longer love our neighbors but seek to live in a place of division. We can come together when things are hard and take care of each other, we have seen it time and again. Yet, we are quick to forget how much we need each other.
3. Always say what you feel to those who matter to you. When you love someone let them know. Don’t rush through life and miss the moments to let people in your life know that they matter.
4. Look for what you can do for someone else. No matter what seeks to divide us, there is always a way we can serve and love someone else.
5. Know Christ. 9/11 taught us that there may not be a second chance. We cannot run from God forever, one day we will meet him face to face. The time to prepare for that meeting is now, don’t put it off. Knowing Christ will make life sweeter.
There are many other lessons I carry with me from that day 20 years ago. It changed me, in that moment I grew up and my eyes were opened to the broken world that we live in. For the first time in my life, I was aware that there was darkness I could not make sense of.
That day cannot be a waste, the lives lost cannot be for nothing. Everything carries a lesson, something we can learn, something that God will use to shape our lives. If God uses it to teach our hearts, we must never forget it.
This week as we see 20 years officially pass since that September day I pray you will examine the lessons you learned those many years ago and see if there are any that you have forgotten. Bring them back to the forefront and never forget the day that changed our nation.
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Michelle Rabon is a wife and homeschooling mom of three who feels called to help women thrive in their walk with Jesus every day. In 2012, she started Displaying Grace, a ministry that is focused on helping women engage with God’s Word. Michelle has also served in women’s ministry for the past five years seeking to equip women in the local church through Bible study. When she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, being close to the ocean, and drinking a lot of coffee.
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