9/11 Devotions – When Life Hurts

As I said in yesterday’s post, I want to use this space over the next few days to share resources related to the anniversary of 9/11. If you remember, the attacks in 2001 left our country asking lots of healthy, deep questions about suffering, sin, and our need for a Savior. This week, many of those doors re-opened. As Christians, we need to seize this opportunity to re-examine our grip on those answers, and ultimately, share Light with others.

To that end, today I want to share a few devotions that were written in the aftermath of the 9/11 Attacks.

* Here are two by Charles Stanley. The first one, entitled, “When Foundations are Shaken”, was written on the first anniversary of the attacks. A gem from the devo: “Safety in this world is an illusion. Sadly, the peace and blessing we have experienced in America has led to much complacency and self-dependence. Sometimes we need to be shaken out of our forgetfulness and into reliance upon Jesus Christ.”

 The second one, entitled “Ministers of Comfort” is a must-read! It discusses things that Christians can DO to help folks who are hurting.

* This one is written by Greg Laurie. It examines the three answers that God gives to prayers. It could be a boost to those who wonder if God really hears us when we cry out to him. Lauie also wrote this one, which wrestles with this prfound question: “On September 11, 2001, God allowed in the life of a nation what He so often allows in the lives of individuals: tragedy. I wish I could tell you that tragedy only strikes in the life of the godless, but we know the godly also suffer. Why does God allow tragedy?”

* This one is by the late Adrian Rogers, and discusses sufering in the life of a Christian.

* Finally, you really owe yourself the two minutes required to read this article from World Magazine. It discusses the impact the 9/11 has had on the lives of those who were teenagers in 2001, who have used that as a springboard to do something significant. Read this excerpt from the article: For one of the things we learned on 9/11 is that ordinary does not mean insignificant. Aboard United Flight 93, ordinary passengers like Todd Beamer made a decisive choice: Within seconds of realizing they must die, they decided that their deaths should mean something. And as you read about them in “A place forgotten“, consider that they saved our nation’s Capitol.

In May Beamer’s wife Lisa addressed 2011 graduates at Wheaton College, where she and her husband met as students. “A decade ago I was plucked from obscurity to become a temporary public figure,” she said, but she told the graduates: “Don’t be dismayed to find your lives turn ordinary soon enough.” She told them to yearn for lasting significance—not the kind associated with headlines or Google hits, “but the kind that brings individuals to the person of Christ and teaches them to operate according to the values of His kingdom.”

“Ask yourself who is becoming whole again on your watch, what is being healed through your influence, how is God redeeming His creation through your life? Your good answers are surely the mark of significance, even in an ordinary life.” And will define a generation of redeemers.

If you stumble across something else that can add to this discussion, link it in the comments below.

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