9.11 is a day for remembering. Seventeen year olds may have heard the story many times because they were born into it. But my little granddaughter who is 1 may not hear that story much because the life changes we’ve seen as a result of 9.11 have become more routine. So we have to be intentional to teach the younger generations about the impact of such huge events as 9.11 on society and the ways we now have to live our lives in order to be safe and endure as a nation.
I think about these things in context of worship. That is remembering too. Only the timeline is so much longer and thus more demanding for making the memories current and compelling. If you are a leader in the church or a person who is in seats each week, it isn’t enough to say you’re a Christ follower. It is only possible to continue the story of redemption by telling the story of Jesus life death and resurrection, saying why that story is true according to your OWN experiences and giving people insight into why it even matters that anyone should listen. We listen because someone else’s life has changed in untold ways for the good and because therefore so could “mine” or “yours” or “ours.”
-As for 9.11, what do you remember and why does it matter?
-As for following Jesus (if you do), what do you remember and why does it matter?