Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Beautiful Flag.

Nine years ago today, our country experienced it's worst terrorist attack....ever. It was a day that sent chills down the spines of all American citizens. We were completely unprepared for the wrath that was unleashed on us on 911.  I'm so thankful for our former President, George W. Bush. He was obviously shaken by the whole experience, but faced the challenge with resolve and determination. He encouraged us to seek the Lord and pray for our country. In the immediate days that followed the attack, I started noticing that American Flags were popping up all over the place. Usually just reserved for such holidays as Memorial Day and Fourth of July, the flags became mainstays on our homes, lawns, cars, t-shirts, etc...It was a way that we could rally together and show our support for our country. Even Republicans and Democrats were able to stand as one united front (if even for a short while). Today, I am thankful for the symbol of the flag. It conjures up feelings of gratitude for our soldiers, past and present, and their dedication. It makes me feel thankful for the freedoms I have that so many other people around the world don't. Our country's well being lies within our ability to seek the face of God. We must get on bended knee and pray that our citizen's hearts' will turn to the one, true God. Pray for mercy in the face of such moral decline. For a while after that September attack, we encouraged that. Now, the shock has worn off and we are back to living for ourselves. Hebrews 4:16 tells us, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.". As Christians, it is our calling to approach that throne of grace everyday through prayer. Our country, our government, and our leaders should be prayed for on a daily basis. When I see our flag flying, I want it to serve as a reminder not only for the freedoms we have been given through our dedicated soldiers, but also the freedoms we have in Christ. Freedom never comes without sacrifice. Just as our flag waves as a symbol to the rest of the world, so must our love for Christ.

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