9.12.2011

The List that Never Ends: # 401-410

My first trip to NYC in 1999...
This was the only time I ever saw the World Trade Center towers in person.
Ten years yesterday since the tragic events of 9/11... It's hard to believe it's been that long - I remember everything about the day so clearly... I'm sure you do too. Watching the footage again last night was just as surreal as it was on that beautiful September morning.... We remember the lives lost, the heroes who gave their lives to save others, the rescue workers and clean up crew, the families who still grieve their loved ones, the military who continue to defend and protect our country, the feeling that the world had changed - a lot - in just a few hours....
And yet, as horrific as it all was, the world hadn't really changed.... not that much. Evil became a lot more real to many of us on that day, but it was nothing new....


My next visit to NYC in June, 2003 - the cleanup and rebuilding efforts were still underway...
 We live in a fallen world. We live in a sinful world.... and unchecked, that sin can have horrific consequences for many, many people. September 11th, 2001 was yet another reminder of that fact.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. - Romans 1:18-32
Here, Paul describes the descent of the human heart after a person rejects the true God. That's what September 11th was - the final act of a heart (or rather, many hearts) in rebellion against God. Sadly, many other innocent people suffered the consequences.

It's interesting that one the first steps in that descent into a "reprobate mind" is the failure to give thanks....

So - with no small amount of fear and trembling lest I should head down that path myself - I continue my list....

I thank God...

#401. ... for the lives that were spared on that day.

#402. ... for the brave men and women who demonstrated the greatest love - laying down their lives for their friends and for complete strangers.

#403. ... for God's grace and mercy - that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, don't get what we deserve - that He took our punishment on Himself on the Cross....

#404. ... for the hope that God will one day right all wrongs, wipe away all tears, and rule with perfect justice.

#405. ... for beautiful fall days with cool air and beautiful skies.

#406. ... for a September 11th this year with much better memories than that other September 11th...

A knight in shining armour - my family had a fun time watching a real jousting demonstration
at a local Celtic festival yesterday...
#407. ... for my Mamaw - for the celebration of another year of her life, another year surviving cancer.

#408. ... for orange and yellow and red and brown and green and pumpkins and gourds and mums and sweaters and hot tea and hot chocolate and everything else that's so great about fall.

#409. ... for golden sweetness from amazing little hard-working bugs and my brother.


#410. ... for you.... thanks for reading.

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5 comments:

  1. Lovely tribute today, Beth. And the cross photo, was that the cross that was standing in the rubble? Love that. And the gift of honey. . . yummm :)

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  2. thankful for the cross. yes. it's still standing in the rubble. our firm foundation when everything else crumbles around us. blessings to you, from Uganda!

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  3. Jennifer - yes, that was the cross that they found in the rubble... when I saw it, they had mounted it at the site as a sort of monument. I'm not sure where it is now that they memorial is completed....

    Josh and Kelly - yes, amen...

    Thank you both for stopping by!

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  4. Agreed, lovely tribute...

    Beautiful pictures.
    Lovely list.

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  5. Beautiful post Beth! I share your gratitude for those who demonstrated the greatest love and for the hope. Happy Birthday to your Mamaw! Yay for fall! :) Your own honey... how cool is that?!

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