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I was sitting i…

12 Sep

I was sitting in band. Seventh grade.  They called all the teachers to the cafeteria.

All the students were confused.  What on earth could require every teacher to leave their classrooms full of middle schoolers?

They didn’t tell us anything.  I guess at that point, they weren’t sure if it was some sort of horrible hoax.

Not long after, another announcement came over the intercom. I was now in seventh grade math class.  The announcement simply said for all teachers to check their emails immediately.  

I remember the look of horror on my teacher’s face.  I remember she immediately turned on the TV.  I think I remember her saying she had family that lived in New York.

I was only 12 years old.  I didn’t know what the World Trade Center was.  I had never been to New York.  I honestly don’t think I even cried.  I mean, I didn’t know what it meant. That someone would fly a plane into buildings.  That just sounded crazy, impossible.  It still sounds crazy.  But no longer impossible. 

Eleven years later, I still remember that day.  It affects more now than it did when I was in middle school.  I can grasp what happened more than I could back then.  It breaks my heart.  It shows me how evident evil is in this world.  How much this world needs a Savior. How good God is.

How could such a tragedy make me think of how good God is? Because I am that sinner.  I am the one that sent Jesus to that cross, I am the reason Jesus had to die.  We are all evil by birth, because we are all sinners, fallen from the way we were created to be, created to walk in the presence of the Holy Father.

Such evil happens in this world because we are fallen.  

But because Jesus died, and rose, we are capable of being redeemed.  God loves us so much. He DIED for us.  He is amazing and loving and I am in awe of how he forgives us.  All we have to do is ask.  

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