It was a shocking realisation this morning that already today (11 September 2021) is the 20th anniversary of the twin towers terrorist attacks. 9/11, as it became known, changed life and the world for ever. Changed it for the worse, filling hearts and souls with fear, suspicion, doubt, hatred, and anger. Its shadow is still looming over many hearts, households, even nations and countries.

It is unavoidable to remember and share in the pain and sorrow of those who lost loved ones in the attacks, or since then because of it, as with those who were injured in the attacks and their lives were changed. We remember the heroic sacrifice of all who rushed to rescue and save others. So, we remember, share, and pray with them and for them all.

But as Christians we cannot avoid remembering that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary also changed the world for ever! It brought hope, life, restoration, forgiveness, reconciliation! Remember the hope that is in the cross of Christ! Jesus brought light that cannot be overcome by darkness, even by the darkest, most evil deeds! We can live in the light of Christ instead of the shadow of fear, suspicion, or hatred.

I invite you to remember today – and every day of your life, especially when the day seems particularly dark, and fearful – the light and hope that Christ brought, which drives out fear. Yet don’t just remember it, share it too with others, and pray for all who are in darkness that the light of Christ will shine on them! Don’t just remember, share, and pray, but live in the light of Christ, for He promised:

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”(John 8:12)

[from GV]

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