6 years ago today…

9-11

 

September 11, 2007

Six years ago this morning I met John Wasem (our founding pastor) for breakfast.  By the time we got back to our rented ministry offices, the world had changed.  It was interesting to hear from some of our staff this morning about their memories on that day…

Sue was on the staff then and remembered how we dropped everything and called through the entire church directory that day to pray with people and invite them to a prayer service that night.  Mary Beth attended Suncrest, but wasn’t on our staff at the time.  She wrote me this… “I remember coming to that gathering at our old office.  I was so thankful to have the support of this church family.  I believe it gave me an entirely different outlook and remember some family members questioning my ability to still have hope in the face of that time.  Thanks Suncrest!”

Mike was the principal of a school in New Mexico…imagine the responsibility of leading 55 faculty/staff, 600 students, and many concerned parents through a difficult day.  David was in seminary at the time and especially reflected on his responsibility to his family – wife, children, parents – on that day. 

We all have a memory, don’t we?  Beyond the details of the day, it’s worth remembering the values that day – patriotism, appreciation for those who serve us in dangerous ways, and (maybe most of all) simple kindness – that “love your neighbor” sort of kindness that Jesus called all of us to. 

I’ve received some of the same forwarded emails as you probably have about how to mark this anniversary.  I think most of them are good…I drove with my headlights on this morning and many others were too.  Maybe, however, the best way to honor this day is to do something that reflects those values and priorities that were re-shaped in us on that day. 

~ by Greg Lee on September 12, 2007.

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