The world changed twelve years ago. When those two towers fell, lives changed forever; nothing has been the same since. Today, (the day I write this) is September 11th. Driving around town this morning, I noticed fewer American flags than last year or years passed. On 9-11-2001 nearly every house had a flag, a statement of faith in our nation and its people, a symbol of hope in the future. Now, twelve years later, the memories of that important, life-changing day are softening and settling.
That’s the way life is—things fresh become settled.
It’s that way with the important days in our lives: graduations, confirmations, marriages, births, deaths, and all those firsts, a first kiss, first date, first driver’s license. The excitement wanes and passes into history—memories tucked away, sometimes set free fleeting.
Even the mundane things in our lives spark excitement and then settle: the unexpected sighting of a deer, opening a gift from a loved one, reading an email that brings good news, the cute things our children say, a new recipe tried true, a secret shared.
All of the exciting, fresh events in our lives—they soften and settle. They become whatever they are, melding into life’s routines, finding their ways into the niches in our minds where memories go.
The intensity of our patriotism on September 11, 2001 has changed. We are patriotic still, but now more softened and settled. That life-changing day is passing into history, as all things do. And that’s life—everything softens and settles and, someday, becomes history.
But there is one thing—one perfect and amazing thing—that never changes, never softens or settles. That one thing is God’s love for us shown in the salvation offered us through Christ Jesus. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And Jesus himself tells us in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
In this turbulent, ever-changing world, a new 9-11 will surely come. We don’t know when or where, but when it happens we will display our flags and express feelings intense and search for a place soft and settled. And where will we find it? In the never-changing, always fresh, always ready love of God!
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