Today is the 13th anniversary of the terrorism in 2001 that ended the lives of over 3,000 innocent Americans at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a field in Pennsylvania. That day, now known simply as 9/11, radically changed life in America and the world. A succinct report of 9/11 is at http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks.
The perpetrators were identified as members of al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group. Their activity in different parts of the world has ebbed and flowed these past 13 years. Al-Qaeda is not as frequently mentioned today as another emerging and even more violent jihadist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Both groups are demonic. See End Note below.
Many of us recall clearly where we were and what we were doing that Tuesday morning 13 years ago. Not so with others. Today’s university students were barely old enough to remember 9/11. Current elementary and junior high students were not yet on the ground in 2001. Some who in 2001 were already advanced in age have passed away and others have lost those memories.
The original 9/11 was a traumatic day for our nation. More such days may lie ahead. What to do?
- Pray that God will thwart terrorists in order that such dastardly deeds not reoccur.
- Vote and pray for leaders who are willing to confront evil of every kind, preferably as part of a multi-national coalition against terrorism, or unilaterally if necessary.
- Pray for and support our military personnel who serve and sacrifice at great cost.
- Pray this prayer of Solomon: “If your people go out to battle against their enemy and they pray to the Lord … then hear in heaven their prayer and their plea.” (1 Kings 8:44-45)
- Remember this truth: “The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.” (Deut. 33:27)
May the remembrance of the atrocities of September 11, 2001 move the people and leaders of our nation and world to greater trust in the providence and protection of almighty God and increased determination to work toward living in peace in the face of evil.
Isaiah says it well: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord … that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths…He shall judge between the nations…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:3-4)
Lord, hasten that day!