“You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead, for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” ~ Deuteronomy 14:1-2
Today, America has turned her thoughts to remembering the tragic events that took place on this date ten years ago. My school held a memorial chapel on Friday, in which the seniors put together a slideshow, using the Alan Jackson song that the title of this post was taken from. In the song, he asks where you were when our world stopped turning, on that September day.
And those of us who are old enough to remember can tell you exactly where. We remember what we were doing; who we were with the day the towers fell. I remember the sick feeling; unable to believe what we were watching on TV was real. It was a day that modern-day Americans lived out the unthinkable reality that so many people in this world experience all the time – we were attacked on our own soil.
Yet as I write this, I can’t help but wonder what the Israelites must feel when they come under attack. I just finished reading in yesterday’s paper that the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egypt was assaulted by people using sledgehammers and their bare hands, tearing down the outer wall to break in and destroy things. It’s hard to imagine, but Israel has experienced difficulty with Egypt since the time of the Pharaohs – literally thousands of years. To me, that is adversity that we, as Americans, can’t even begin to understand. The Jewish people have faced war, genocide, and discrimination for so long it would be difficult to remember where you were every time something terrible happened. Being the chosen people of God isn’t anything to take lightly.
So as we pause today, it is important to remember the tragedy and sacrifice this country has made over the past ten years. But we should also take time to pray for those, like God’s chosen ones, who are constantly under siege and live life in the midst of raging battles. Because all around us, every day, the world stops turning for someone. Never forget, there are millions of people everywhere who need your prayers.