Friday, September 9, 2011

When It Matters Most

When tragedy occurs in our life that causes us to reflect upon what really matters, our hearts turn toward God. When we are faced with the reality that life is fragile and hangs in the balance, our hearts turn toward God. When a loved one or friend dies suddenly and without warning, our hearts turn toward God. When it matters most, deep down inside our hearts know to turn to God.

Such were the events of September 11, 2001. Suddenly and without warning our lives as Americans were changed forever. Families throughout our nation were filled with panic as they struggled to locate family members in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. As the hours drew on our eyes became sore from the tears shed and hours of watching TV news waiting for updates or news of other horrific events. And on the evening of September 11, 2001 and for days and weeks following, our hearts turned toward God….and our churches were filled with people searching for an answer to questions we didn’t really know we were asking.

Many of us either know of someone who was killed or even knew personally an innocent life that was taken during the attacks on our Country. Our lives will never be the same but deep down inside we know we must turn our hearts toward God. As the weeks turned into months following the terrorist attacks, we struggled to return our lives to normal and put these events behind us. But in doing so we forgot the one thing that mattered most, we forgot to KEEP our hearts turned toward God.

Now our Country struggles again, this time with a failing economy and likely depression. Our nation’s morals are being challenged with issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion with unwavering efforts by the devil to trick us into accepting these behaviors as natural contrary to God’s teaching. My brothers and sisters…..the time has come for us to turn our hearts toward God and this time let’s keep them there.

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