9/11- The Unforgettable

Nine Eleven- the day the world seemed to stand still, one of the worst tragedies in America’s history. Thinking about it now, the term “We all remember where we were when Nine Eleven happened,” will become irrelevant in the years to come. Me, being only twelve, have to be told where I was because I was too little too remember. And because of this, I have decided to archive a story of a woman who was in one of the most memorable and terrifying places to be when this occurred- in the one hundred second floor of one of the twin towers. This woman’s name was Judith, and she spoke in front of my church today about her experience that day.
    Judith began the day as she did everyday. She got dressed and hopped in the car, heading to the World Trade Center. Judith arrived at 8:45 and went to the 102nd floor to her office in Aon. That was the first day she had worn sneakers to work, and she was slipping on her work shoes when she heard the explosion and watched through the window as the tower opposite of hers was struck by an unknown object- all she knew was that it was big and it had exploded right into one of the towers. She watched in horror as flaming furniture, bodies, and pieces of the plane fell to the ground from eighty floors off the ground. She started screaming to her co workers to get out of the building, but nobody was moving! They were all looking for the receptionist to tell them what do, but they were nowhere to be found. Finally they began listening to her and made a mad dash through the door to the stairwell, Judith leading the evacuation. Turning a corner, she automatically found stairwell A, the main stairway that also was the only one leading all the way down to the first floor. Everyday she had seen stairwell C, which only led to the 77th floor, but God guided her to A, along with  the rest of her office. Holding her  friend’s hand the whole way down, they flowed with hundreds, thousands of other workers down the stairs. Very soon, though, an automated response system came on “Please return to your offices, we have everything under control,”. Suddenly Judith was fighting against people trying to go back to their offices. Now linking arms with other people trying to escape, still holding onto her friend’s hand, they made it closer and closer to the ground, all the way down, Judith recited Psalm 91 out loud He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1 ASV)
Around the 87th floor, she realized that she’d released her friend’s hand, and actually stopped and waited for her, called out to her- by the time they had linked arms again, they had very little time to escape. They made it to the 85th floor together, and suddenly, the second plane collided into the 86th floor of their building, and looking up, they were able to see the belly of the plane that had just caused so much destruction. Sprinting down the stairs now, they were finally almost out. She remembers rushing by fire fighters and pleading with them not to go up, to which they calmly replied, “Its our job,” many of them knowing they would never make it back down. Judith and her  friend were able to make it out alive, and Judith was able to sit down and recount this story with us today.
   So, in the same way that Judith found her way out of the terror that was Nine Eleven by linking arms with her bretheren, if we link arms with God, he will lead us from any darkness in this world, any evil, any fears, and he will guide us on the path to heaven. So link arms with The Lord God today, and let him lead you to salvation.

Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

The other night I watched Les Miserables for the first time. Have you ever seen that movie? Well if you haven’t, it’s about a man named Jean ValJean who steals a loaf of bread. For this small crime he is sent to prison for five years. Twice he tries to escape, and this only adds to his time there- Jean ends up spending twenty years in jail all because of a loaf of bread. The night before he finally escapes, Jean makes a vow to kill Javert, the cruel prison master. So he runs away and is given a room and food for the night from a kind old bishop. In the middle of the night, the “convict” sneaks out and steals all of the bishop’s silver except the candlesticks. In the morning, he is brought back to the bishop’s house by the police for stealing, but the bishop tells them that he gave him the silver. Jean asks the bishop why he would do that for an evil man like him, and the bishop says to him, “Any man who was created good by God cannot be turned completely evil by man.” and he hands him the candlesticks and lets him go. Later on, ValJean has a chance to kill Javert, but instead he lets him go and forgives him of all he did to him. Finally, at the end of the play, Javert lets Jean go free, even though Javert said that there was no God, only a right and wrong, and that Jean deserved to be punished for his wrong.  Ia man who had not even an inkling of a belief in God, a man who hunted down another for all his life, but then showed him compassion and gentleness, than shouldn’t we all be able to? These three major instances of gentleness should give us all hope for each other.

Being gentle is much more than just handling an object with care, it is showing love, respect, and understanding for our fellow man. Can you do that, for God?

Fruits of the Spirit: Love

What is love? Love is unconditional, strong, and impossible to stop. Sometimes loving somebody is hard. For example, I love my little cousin, Chase. But sometimes he gets so annoying I want to throw him to China! However these annoyances are only to get my attention because I know he loves me too. This is called Hesed. Hesed is the strongest, most unbreakable, unconditional love in the universe. Love is beautiful and nothing can mar this beauty. Love is not to be taken lightly, however. It is a tool for both good and evil. The devil tries to make us love all of the bad things in the world which will turn us into evil people. God combats this by giving us good things to love which brings us closer towards him and away from Satan. 

People who love people, doing nice things, being kind, going to church, and trying to boost people’s spirits have allowed God to take control of their lives and are walking side by side with him.

Just remember, the more of these things you do, God will love you more, you will love people more, and people will love you back. Love is mutual.

Fruits of the Spirit: Faith

Faith- something many of us struggle with. Most of us go to church every Sunday, praise God, and listen to the sermons, and then we leave as ‘changed’ people. To us, this means we are true Christians. Well it doesn’t. Church does not define our lives, WE define our lives. If you’re a complete jerk everyday and then go to church at the end of the week, that does not make you a Christian. Faith makes you a Christian. We have to believe that God is there. After all, faith is believing without seeing. If we start losing belief in God, we lose faith in God too. The only way we can truly be called God’s children is if we follow God’s commands and do right in his eyes. The more sins we commit, the less faith we show in God. And the less faith we show in God, the more the devil takes control of our lives. All I’m saying is,FAITH IS BELIEVING WITHOUT SEEING.

Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness

SO, has everybody been doing these projects I’ve been asking you to do lately? I have, but let me tell you, not fast forwarding was SOOO hard to stop (in my opinion). Now, as you can hopefully judge from the title of today’s blog, I am writing to you about kindness.

How many of us like to think we are nice people? All of us, right? Now, if we were to look beneath the surface of our own ideas about ourselves and see how we actually act, most of us would be appalled. Despite this, however, we still expect people to like us and to be rewarded for our actions. Take a kid I know from school for example. He calls me and my friends things I don’t think I’m allowed to write here, throws balls at us, calls us morons, shoves us, and then when he finishes bullying us he sort of smiles and starts acting like we’re the best friends in the world! I mean, does he really think I would like him after all of that?!

Now take my mother as an example. She does charity work, cleanup projects, stays up late to help me with my homework,  mows the lawn, delivers food to the neighbors, helps people find jobs, and she is NEVER mean about it. She doesn’t hurt other’s feelings or try to mess up whatever they’re working on. She always looks for the best in others, even when the rest of us don’t. That’s a kind person. So that is my project for today-merely lend a helping hand wherever you can and your life will get a little bit better and God will recognize your actions every time you do. 

You may be wondering why I am telling you this, and the reason is to show you the difference between a kind person and a not so kind person. However, I want you to think of this-just because you are kind does not guarantee us a spot in heaven. We could be one of the most thoughtful people who has ever lived, and help the community, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that what we do privately are good things. Drugs, alcohol, adultery, NOT believing in God, could infest your life and take you on a downhill journey to a bad place. And just because you are an unkind person does not necessarily mean that you aren’t going to heaven, either. Does this make it harder to make it to heaven? YES. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t make it there. It’s an uphill battle, but if you fight hard you WILL storm the castle of heaven.

Fruits of the Spirit- Joy

I’m back everyone! Today I will be talking about Joy, the first of nine fruits of the spirit I will be discussing in this session.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

That means that these fruits, these Christ-like attributes, are allowed EVERYWHERE. There is no law preventing you from doing these things, and not only that, the more you practice these, the more you are glorifying God.

Joy is a gift that should and can be given freely to everyone we pass by, and the more we give this gift, the more of it we will recieve in our own lives. How many of us like feeling happy? That should be all of us! We cannot deny that there is suffering in our world. Pain, sorrow, anger, torment. Horrible things that NOONE deserves to feel. These feelings of despair can all be easily cured-by bringing Joy to these people’s lives.

So for the next 24 hours I am issuing a challenge to everybody out there reading this. I want you to go around today and do a very simple thing-smile. Smile at every person you see today, smile as you are just walking down the street. This one simple act can bring unimaginable joy into people’s lives. And don’t smile one of those big creepy smiles where you pull your lips back and widen your eyes, but a soft smile full of warmth. And I mean smile at EVERYONE, after all, we never know just who might need the gift of joy today.

Tomorrow, come back to this blog and post a comment about what happened when you did this, what you felt, what other people said or did. And recruit your friends- every person that the Lord uses to spread his word is one more person helping to bring Joy to the world. 

LIVING FOR GOD

Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

This is THE BEST NEWS WE COULD EVER HEAR!!!  For all of you out there reading this right now, let me explain. This verse means that for all of us who worship THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, THE FATHER OF JESUS OUR SAVIOR, every time we are put down, made fun of, laughed at and told  that God does not exist; everyone who STAYS TRUE TO GOD AFTER BEING TOLD THIS HAS A GUARANTEED SPOT IN  THIS MEANS THAT IF WE LOVE GOD AS MUCH AS HE LOVED US, WE HAVE REASON TO REJOICE!! And for all of you reading this who do not believe in God, those of you who PERSECUTE US FOLLOWERS, THOSE OF YOU WHO NEED GOD BUT ARE TOO STUBBORN TO SEE IT; know that you are MAKING IT HARDER EVERY DAY FOR GOD TO ACCEPT YOU INTO HEAVEN, BUT YOU ARE ALSO MAKING THE LORD THAT MUCH MORE DETERMINED TO BRING YOU TOWARDS HIM AND HIS LOVE.

   OUR GOD SAVES

 

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