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Waking up this morning to news of yet another terrorist attack, I reflected on the first time I heard the word “terrorist.” I was nine years old. It was a day, perhaps, that many of us began to more deeply understand the definition of that unnerving term. It was September 11, 2001. I didn’t expect acts of terror to become a trend over the next decade and a half.
As we approach the 15th anniversary of the events that seared 9/11 permanently in our minds—and simultaneously navigate the stormy waters of the weighty U.S. election—it’s difficult to believe these circumstances are our reality.
But they are.
Representatives from all spheres rush to provide their suggestions for societal improvement and analyses of best steps forward. People are dying and the crises are being treated as political leverage.
“God brings the good and permits the bad; then uses the bad to do good.”
The words of James 4:13-15 are especially poignant today—as I pause to remember every day is a gift we should not presuppose to receive:
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
My question to myself is, how will I spend this day—understanding it might be my last?
From where do we draw our hope?
As human beings, we seek answers in troubling times and control despite scary situations. In Max Lucado’s article last week titled, “Trump, Hillary, and the Strangest Dream” (here), he says:
“The Republicans are just as befuddled as the Democrats. The Libertarians are as confused as the Independents. Politicians claim to have solutions. But the housewife in Miami isn’t fooled. Neither is the truck driver in Chicago. They know the truth. Our hope isn’t in politicians. It is in Jesus.”
And that’s the best place to entrust our hope—as we live out our day to the fullest!
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