Tuesday was the 11th commemoration of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States that cost nearly 3,000 people their lives. I saw a few personal, normal blessings come along on this anniversary: I was able to complete a project that intimidated me (#177), Wal-Mart is only three minutes away from our house when we need a late night run for coffee (#178), and we all had an early bed time (#179).
But the blessing I really saw that day was the great grace, wild hope, sweet peace, and passionate joy that flooded those who have experienced evil in this world, yet still know that “if evil is seeming evidence to eradicate God from our mental landscape, then doesn’t goodness…testify to the gospel truth of God?”*
“I wonder… if the rent in the canvas of our life backdrop, the losses that puncture our world…might actually become places to see. To see through to God. That which tears open our souls…may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To Him. To the God whom we endlessly crave.”*
We must never forget. Never forget 9/11. Never forget those who died, those who go on, and those who, though they never wanted the title of hero, wore it with dignity, honor, and humility, asking only to serve those around them. And never forget that God is always good and we are always loved.
My Thanksgiving List 9/13/12
173. God’s grace seen clearly in the hard eucharisteo
176. Friends who are friends because they didn’t get on Flight 93
175. Those willing to put their lives on the line to save others (John 15:13)
169. The Broncos won their first regular season game
163. Smoked trout tacos
183. Boot season!
161. A day done
168. Being married to a fun debate partner
166. A baby girl, my mama, born 58 years ago this month
167. A baby growing today in the womb (no, not mine!)
154. A good jogging stroller
182. The American spirit
160. Fully loaded hamburgers
146. Having my wood stove pipes cleaned by a handsome handyman
140. New possibilities
158. My baby’s smile
Please tell me, what blessings have you seen this week?
*One Thousand Gifts, pg. 22