Sunday, September 11, 2011


Today marked a pivotal moment in time for our nation.  But there have been many "anniversaries" that are marked with pain and loss.  Pearl Harbor, War in general for that matter, Kennedy's assassination, Space Shuttle Challenger exploding on ascent and Space Shuttle Columbia breaking up on descent from space, Columbine school shooting, Hurricanes and Tornadoes, and the list goes on and on.  We have a history of momentous events that changed the lives of many.  There are also the individual anniversaries that are hard to deal with.  The loss of loved ones, health issues, divorces, and the list goes on and on.  That is not to be trite, but just the reality that life happens hard and fast.
Remembering can be difficult, but also healing.  We need to remember more the presence of God in our adversity.  We need to remember the love He poured out and the work He is doing within us.  We need to remember that He hasn't abandoned us.  Our lives are under constant attack, but God, who is rich in mercy,  is at work to transform us.  

I will remember today for a whole new set of reasons.  Today was our first 9/11 in California.  We had an incredible worship time at GCC.  Rick Turton surrendered his life and named Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior.  God showed up and reminded me how he has overcome in my life.  And the list goes on and on....

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