One definition of the word ‘forget’ is “to treat with inattention or disregard," and that is simply something we can NEVER do on this day, September 11th.
I remember hearing my mom and dad talk about the assassination of JFK, they would recite in vivid detail where they were, how they felt and what they were doing when they heard about what had happened that terrible day in Dallas. As we have grown up, we have our own memories associated with historic events, but I would venture to say, none more memorable than what happened on this day in 2001. The events of 9/11 are events that we would certainly like to forget, but we must never forget.
As a nation, we must never forget the nearly 3,000 sons, daughters, moms, dads, brothers and sisters that were lost that day. We must never forget the families that they left behind; this week I was reminded of just how important that is after getting a call from Maddie; she called to ask for prayer because she was having an especially tough time, Maddie lost her dad in the Twin Towers on 9/11, she was only a year old at the time, and she said every year this day is really hard for her.
We must never forget the thousands of men and women who have sacrificed since, in the armed forces, to prevent another day like this from ever happening again.
And we must never forget how the ‘American spirit’ shone through the tangled mess of concrete and steel in New York City, Washington D.C., and in a lonely field in Shankesville, PA. The tragedy that attempted to rip us apart was the very thing that brought us together.
After the attacks on 9/11, we were all challenged by the sacrifice of men and women who instead of running from the Twin Towers, ran in to save others, there were heroes who stayed behind in the Pentagon so that others could flee to safety, and on flight 93, passengers refused to let terror win by storming the cockpit and crashing the plane into a Pennsylvania field.
Their heroic acts must never be forgotten, in fact, they should fuel us to look for ways that we can serve one another, just as they did immediately following the attacks on 9/11, 12 years ago. Today is Patriot Day, a day of service and remembrance, a day that we are encouraged to serve one another.
We cannot treat the call to ‘serve others’ with “inattention and disregard," for in doing so, we fail to honor the code by which Christ calls us to live by. As Christians, we are called to live this way every day, because in doing so we honor Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice to save us.
In living our lives to ‘serve others,' we live in a way that never forgets what Christ did for us, that we could not do for ourselves.