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By Samantha

After Tuesday, September 11, 2001, what? Whether or not we knew anyone who was killed by the terrorists, we were filled with so many questions and so few, if any, answers. I’m sure I speak for most everyone.

I will not attempt to redefine anything concerning the terrorist threats or world events, people much more experienced than I struggle to explain the complexities of our world. Columnists like Cal Thomas from Washington, D.C. speak, with clarity and wisdom to our national concerns and direction.

However, my thoughts have turned to eternity. Where are the thousands that have been killed during 9/11 or in the wars raging in our world right now, this moment. I can’t answer that since only God knows the heart of each person at the moment of their death and whether even in those last fractions of seconds before they died, did they, like the thief on the cross when Jesus died, cry out, “Jesus, remember me!”

No, my concern is you and I, left here to pick up the pieces of our lives and go on. The events of these past years prove we can never be completely certain about the future.

However, it is not only catastrophic events that affect thousands which make our future uncertain, more often, it is usually the smaller but equally impacting events of our daily lives which make our future uncertain. Events over which we may not have control but which other people make decisions for us.

If there is one thing we have had to face these past years , it is the fragility of our lives. When people gathered together in unprecedented numbers across our land in churches of every denomination, following September 11, 2001, we came together asking God to be with us and give us wisdom in this dark hour of our country’s history. And we sang, God bless America.

How do we make sure God will be part of our nation’s future? More importantly, how do we make sure He is part of our own personal future? Personally, it is as simple as asking Jesus Christ to come into our heart, forgive us of our sin that we may live with Him forever.

In hindsight, I realize every step of my life, God has been there, loving me even when I did not love Him. Even when I didn’t realize I needed Him. Even when I was sure He couldn’t possibly care what I was going through. That’s why I know He will be there for me in my future. And when I die, He will be there for me also. He will take my hand for the next step into eternity with Him.

We don’t have to have all of our life figured out, we only have to take one step at a time and every time we trust Him with our future, we can rest. Oh, catastrophic events will still happen, but He will help us to not be anxious, knowing He will go into our future with us.

Then, with the apostle Paul we can say, “…I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

You can receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior right now. Just pray and believe in your heart the following prayer:

Dear Father God,

I come to you in the name of Jesus. You said in the Bible, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

So I am calling on Your Name. You also said in Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

I do believe You died for my sins, please forgive me and wash me clean.

Thank You for forgiving me now. Thank You for your promise in John 10:10 that You came to give me life and indeed more abundantly. I receive that life now in Jesus’ Name.

Teach me how to read Your Word, teach me how to listen to You, teach me how to be Your Friend.

Thank You for loving me. In Jesus Name I pray.