We Remember September 11, 2001

Fifteen Years. Fifteen years ago, everything changed. Today, we remember and pray for those whose lives were forever changed that day. We pray for this broken, broken world and we simply, humbly ask, Jesus be near. 

Recently I heard that if you read or listen to something new, then the next piece that you should read or listen to should be something old. It’s in the old that we find ourselves, where we’ve been and where we may be going. Today as we reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, may we pause to pray for those who lost their lives that day and in the days beyond protecting our freedom, and those they left behind. We pray too for those whom life changed that day. For those first responders who still today feel the effects of those acts of bravery. We pray God’s mercy and grace be ever theirs.

Thoughts today reflect the words of wise men of old.

The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally it reaches the opponent and so stirs his conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

And one that pierces the heart.

Today, Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light, and
Where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Francis of Assisi

The most ancient piece of all, Herodotus. Written so long ago as the poignant truth of our day.

In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons.

May we NEVER forget the sacrifices made that day.

May the peace of God, the peace that transcends all understanding,  fill the hearts of those who today, grieve on.

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

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Lori MacMath

Lori's daily mantra includes praying, "I will take it Lord, ALL you have to give," and a commitment to live out Colossians 3:17 daily. It's her prayer that the energy that fills her spirit be with her till her dying breath! Nearly two years ago, Lori traded the sauna of the Deep South, for the snow of Chicago. After 19 years in Atlanta, Lori has bought herself a coat and some winter boots and is ready for the NEXT adventure at Harvest Bible Chapel / Chicago West. She navigates this road with her husband of 26 years and they have 3 children, ranging in age from 17 - 22. She seeks daily to be creative and use the gifts the Lord has given her. With the heart of an artist and a spirit to live intentionally missional, Lori strives daily to see Him in all that surrounds her. Encouraging women on their daily walk with the Lord is her passion! She has recently stepped out into NEW territory with her husband in the inner city of Chicago. She is on staff at Harvest Chicago West, in the Austin neighborhood, where the Lord is opening her eyes to Urban Ministry and Discipleship. Lori and her husband also have a Business as Missions endeavor that helps empower women and missionaries around the world. She would be HONORED if you'd visit Hope Products International where providing HOPE to the world through fair trade and sustainable products. Lori has served in a number of roles over the years, ranging from Camp/Leadership Adventure Coordinator, a mid week Bible club for elementary and upper elementary students in a local public elementary school as well as being on staff at her church. She is excited in this season to watch the Lord unfold HIS plans for the next step on the journey. Helping others, loving others where they are and seeing the transforming power of Jesus is at the heart of all she does. Her heart for children, women and all those on the broken road is at the core of everything she does. She LOVES playing graphically and encouraging others through visual arts, and her passion for Discipleship is at the heart of all she does. It truly inspires her and fills her spirit.

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  1. Talk about PURE EMOTION..what a way to start out this study, but to remember 9.11. I add my prayers to those who have suffered loss. IF I were to have a tat, I would want it to say the above verse, Phil. 4:7 and I would want it on my hand so I could constantly see that God is the one that will give me peace IF I keep my mind on Him.

  2. bless you for sharing, appreciate you.


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