have we learned anything?

Thank you family and friends for the sacrifices you made for our country before and after September 11, 2001.  Without you we would not be where (or who) we are today and I hope that we never stay who we are today.

I keep coming back to the same thought this today as I ponder the anniversary of 9/11…

HAVE WE LEARNED ANYTHING??

Twelve years ago today our country faced one of the greatest tragedies it had seen in over 50 years.  We lost service men and women, civilian men, women and children and so much more.

Has our loss been worth the price?  I fear that today “we remember” but we have not learned.  I took a picture of a sign a few summers back when I visited a concentration camp in Germany.  May it never be so.

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If all we learned was hatred for other nations and peoples, then no it was not.   If all we learned was to look out for ourselves, then no it was not.  If all we learned was to live safely, without any risks, then it was not.

But, if we have learned to cherish those we love, then maybe.  If we have learned to forgive greater, then maybe.  If we have learned the meaning of sacrifice, then maybe.  If we have learned what it means to be a true hero, then maybe.  If we have learned respect for life, then maybe.  If we have learned to stand up for what is right, then maybe.  If we learned more about who our God is, then maybe.  If we haven’t changed at all from that day, then do we really remember what happened?

I pray that out of all tragedies, heartaches, losses and pain we learn something.  We grow and develop into who Christ wants to be.  I pray that today we strive to become more forgiving, more loving, more compassionate, more like Christ.  I pray that our learning never stops.

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