I has always heard people talking about where they were when they heard the news about JFK’s assassination and I thought it was strange how vivid that memory was for most people. Then 11 years ago what we call 9/11 happened and now I completely understand. Somehow a major event can make what would normally be a mundane experience, a never forgotten one. I am sure most of you reading this could give me a story about where you were, who told you to turn on the news because words could not explain what has happening along with many other little pieces of information that would normally be well forgotten by now. Those memories will never leave us.
Yesterday I went to a funeral service of a very Godly man who lived until he was 92. The funeral was less of a typical funeral service and more of a testimony to this man’s life. It was said that after his wife died the thing he wanted most in life was to go be with her in Heaven and yet if you talked to him you would never have known that. He was focused on this life with a longing for the afterlife much like Paul says in Philippians 1:21-23, “ For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”
Recently I heard a version of the song How He Loves recorded live by Flyleaf and I absolutely love it. I have always loved the song, but this version is amazing. The emotion behind the lead singer’s (Lacey Mosely) voice shows how much the words mean to her. If you haven’t song or heard the song it talks about living life with the constant reminder that God loves us.
9/11 and the funeral made me realize how much God loves me and everyone on Earth no matter their race, religion, what they have done or what they will do. We deserve nothing, but like the song says, “If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.” It is because of His grace and His love that we have what we have and we need to live accordingly. We need to appreciate all that He does for us and not live as if we are owed anything. 9/11 was a tragic day for many, the death of a family member or friend can be incredibly hard, but knowing that God loves us can help us through those times. I hope the song below reminds you of His love.