I still remember that day perfectly. I was 9 years old, excited to head off to school for the day. I found my mum crying in my living room and my dad with his hand over his mouth. I was a little confused and even upon watching the shocking footage on the television, I still did not realise the severity of the situation. I didn't get it.
Today I do.
This morning I arose to darkness. One of my closest friends and I drove down to the beach to watch the beauty of an Australian sunrise. My words and my photos cannot describe the beauty of what we saw today. To understand it, you need to get up before first light and see it for yourself.
We sat on a towel, by the sea, and spoke about our future and our lives and what our purpose is. While we were observing that small yellow ball, appearing from behind the hills, I thought of the thousands of people who lost their lives 12 years ago. They would have awoken that morning just like I did today - to them it was a normal day. It really made me think about how short life can be and how greatly we take for granted the blessings that are graciously given to us.
The sunrise this morning really instilled something in me. This sounds cheesy but I felt God looking down upon me. I felt Him lifting me out of the rut, I so regularly put myself in, and raising me up like a tower - a tower that will never fall. For that, I am forever grateful.
So today I remember what God did for me, what he freely gave me and we has promised me.
Today I remember to stand tall like a tower, not letting the evils of this world knock me down.
Today I remember those lost and those loved.
Today We Remember <3
In that day you will say: “I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.