Even all these years later, it is hard to put into words the horror and devastation that occurred on September 11th. It is one of those days that always feels as if it just happened. It was a day that changed so many lives forever. A day in our history that will never be forgotten.
You may have a personal connection to that day or you may have your own life changing day. We all have them. Some more than others. Days that we can’t believe happened and we wish would have never come. Days we wish we could take back, those we wish we could forget. Days that try to pull us into darkness.
These moments, these days, these events bring fear, sadness, and despair into our heart. These days want to pull us in the dark and leave us in the dark. But do not lose heart, they can also teach us and remind us.
The thing about the darkness is . . . that is where we can best see the light.
And He is our Light.
We may go through horrible circumstances. We may endure unspeakable heartache. That is real life. Being scared and hurt are real feelings. No matter how devastated we are. No matter how hopeless we may feel. We can’t let the darkness win.
When life seems to be at its darkest, know there is hope. His Light will always shine out of the darkness. We know darkness will not overcome the Light. Christ rising from the dead has shown us that.
He knows your heartache and suffering and your pain. He is a God of mercy and love in the midst of the hurt. You do not have to carry it alone. Even though we may not understand it, He will give us the strength we need to endure the difficult times.
He will be the Light we see to know we are not alone.
He will be the Light we need to find our way out of the darkness.
If you carry difficult times in your heart or for the difficult times that will come, I hope you are comforted with the truth that He is your Light in the dark hours. He is your refuge and your strength. He will lift you up. He will guide your way and He will not leave your side.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
We will not forget what happened on this day in our history. We will also not forget our Light in the darkness.
Remember there is hope through all the bad. Our Light is always there.
A note from (in)courage: We love, cherish and believe in the power of story. We believe that by sharing our stories with each other, God can bring healing, peace, joy, and deeper connections in our friendships. It is in this spirit that we invite you to share your story of the way 9/11 impacted your life. Where you were when you heard the news, if you lost a loved one, and/or the ways in which your heart was changed by these events. You are invited to leave your story in the comments today, and to lift up other sisters in prayer.