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Why We Remember

I remember the Day the the United States was attacked. I was asleep before classes (I was in college at the time), and my mom came in to wake me up to tell me that someone attacked the Twin Towers in New York. Being that we were on the West Coast, we were behind everyone else, so this was early morning for us. I remember how I felt, the anger and pain, knowing people who lost loved ones (personally), people who were at ground Zero. I remember the friends who convinced me not to drop out of college to enlist (I was angry, as I said), many of whom were service members, and some who never came home. Why is this important? Remembering is something we're told by God to do. I remember who I used to be compared with who I am today. I remember the anger and hatred that is now loving my enemies and praying for those who persecute me. I remember that I was not walking with Christ, and now time, and Jesus have given me a new outlook. I look back and see that it was God's sovereign hand who got me where I am, and pulled me from some dark places. It's good to remember, because who we are today is not who we used to be, and the circumstances we live through shape us, drawing us closer to God, or driving us away (due to our own pride). We remember so we can give thanks to an almighty God that, no matter how chaotic life may seem, He is not surprised, He is still on the throne, and He has all things held in His victorious righteous right hand. Isaiah 46:8-11 “Remember this and stand firm,

recall it to mind, you transgressors,

remember the former things of old;

for I am God, and there is no other;

I am God, and there is none like me,

declaring the end from the beginning

and from ancient times things not yet done,

saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,

and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

calling a bird of prey from the east,

the man of my counsel from a far country.

I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;

I have purposed, and I will do it.

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