We Will Remember

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

There is something about baby hands that scream for being held.  A natural reflex,  grasping baby fingers is a pure joy of life.  Soft hands held grow, then slip from the parent’s grasp as the child becomes a young man or woman.  As the metamorphosis occurs, hands no longer reach as frequently to grasp father or mother’s as they walk along the way.

Realizing this for my little Emily and Joshua, today I told Emily, “You will be a little girl only one time, would you hold my hand now instead of the stroller?”  Explaining to her that when we grow older we do not hold our parents hands anymore, she asks me why not.

I do not really know the answer to that question. I believe that it stems from independence.

I do know that I am never too old to sit in my Heavenly Father’s lap nor to reach out for His hand.

Dependence is what leads me to my Father.

Drawing near to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, reminds me that many children are growing up without their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.  Specific hands to hold and certain laps in which to sit are a reality solely in the light of a heavenly reunion.

This weekend we posses a chance to extend our hands and say, “We will remember. You are not forgotten.”

Let us make laps of knees bent in prayer seeking the salvation of the families of 9/11.  Laps marveling at the first responders and others like them who gave of their lives to save as many as they could…those who raised the risk in their own day.

We join unseen hands folded in petition to comfort the children and parents of the loved ones mourned this weekend.

To the families of 9/11, you are not alone.  We will remember. We will pause and pray.  We will give thanks for the public servants and Good Samaritans who counted the cost and found their neighbors worthy.  We remember you.  This tragedy, and the triumphs within it, are not forgotten.

My Emily indeed held my hand as we strolled Joshua along this morning.  I kissed her sweetly a few times and soaked in the moment.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

“By this we know love, that he (Jesus) lay down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16

Raise the Risk Challenge:

  • Grasp the hands of the fatherless of 9/11.  Lift them up in prayer to a Heavenly Father that is always found with an outstretched hand. To His son who willingly stretched His hands, even to the point of death,  for all mankind.
  • Pray for the surviving parents who lost their teen and adult children on that day. Pray also for the widowed.
  • Pray for our government leaders, first responders, and the military.  Ask God’s grace upon them and plead for their salvation and protection.
  • Join a memorial service in your area.  Join me for A Day to Remember?
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