Every End is a New Beginning

>> Saturday, September 10, 2011

It’s all been said … and asked. Thousands of people were directly affected by what happened ten years ago. Loved ones died. The heroes who helped rescue survivors are now dealing with poor health … damaged just by breathing that day. On Facebook and emails … in magazines and on television … the question is asked repeatedly.

“Where were you when it happened?”

Our memories are still very vivid and clear … that moment of unbelief … and then the horrible moment we realized it was true. Airplanes really had deliberately flown into buildings. Passengers on one airplane really had deliberately caused the plane to crash prematurely so others would be spared.

In the days following the tragedy, the sale of Bibles skyrocketed. We set aside our pettiness. Blacks and whites united. Teenagers and old people hugged. America was united … and searching for an answer.

Have we found it?

Many things ended that day. Our country lost its naiveté. We became vulnerable. Marriages were suddenly destroyed. Parents and children were gone. For many, financial security no longer existed. For others, they lost the use of arms, legs and minds.

But every end is a new beginning.

The current Time magazine tells of how life has gone on. Firefighter Jimmy Riches died that day, but his three brothers … Danny, Tommy and Timmy … joined the NYC Fire Department. Jeremy Glick lost his life when the plane he was on crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, but his wife is now remarried and they have two children.

I don’t know what ended for you that day. Perhaps you had a loved one who was gone in that moment. I didn’t … and so your new beginning is much more difficult than mine. But my question for you is … what new beginning have you found?

For me, I found a renewed patriotism … a deeper compassion for heroes … and a greater understanding of just how great God really is.

 So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (MSG)


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