In this post from September 2016, I reflected on changes that the terrorist actions on September 11, 2001 had brought to our lives. I also spoke to fears that some had regarding the results of that year’s Presidential election. Another election now looms ahead, and fear still is alive and well in America. Let’s pray for the faith to envision hope and opportunity where others see only peril. Let’s trust that God will provide security for us, that he is still in control. My prayer today remains the same. God is the faithful provider. I pray that he will revive our spirits, fill us with discernment, and mold us into his agents who spread health and life rather than fear and suspicion. Pray hard, my friends.
Fifteen years ago, the fabric of security in which Americans had wrapped themselves was ripped away as hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Our government responded with what the Attorney General at that time termed a more “authoritarian” approach to security and governance, restricting freedoms for the general public in order to attempt restraint of terrorism. The impact from the events of that day still resonate in our society, even for those who had not yet been born on September 11, 2001.
When we go to an airport today, we encounter procedures and security far different than what existed prior to the attacks. I miss saying “goodbye” to loved ones or friends at the gate and watching their plane take off. Now we bid farewell before they go through security unless a child or disabled person needs someone to accompany them…
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