Good morning bloggers,
Today is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Before I get into my 9-11 comments, let me show you a card I made last night. This is for The Cat's Pajama's Tuesday challenge. This one was a sketch challenge. I love the bright and fun colors from this SU Cake Paper.
I'm sure you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard of the attacks. I was in Hopkinton MA and was at a bible study fellowship leaders meeting. It was the first meeting of the new year and I was gathered in prayer with about 25 other women. We prayed on our knees so we were all in a circle on our knees praying for our class. One big rule we had in BSF was to turn off your cell phone, but sure enough one of the phones starting ringing. It got turned down, but then the woman who had the phone left the room. We all figured it was a sick child or something family related. A little while later she came back into the room and interrupted us and told us there was a tragedy in NYC. Of course she didn't have a lot of information and I honestly didn't believe it was that big a thing - maybe a plane crashed, but not what she was saying. I thought she was being dramatic. I was in denial.
As we all started to process the information, our leader challenged us to get back to the leaders meeting agenda. She said that the 120 women who were planning to come to bible study the next day, would need us to hold class and offer encouragement and support. She knew we couldn't cancel class, nor could we have class unprepared so we got to work preparing our materials and talking through the administrative details. It was very important that we had a well run 1st class. Many women who came the next day were afraid and confused. It was helpful for all of us that year to be together, studying God's word and trying to understand the events of the day and prioritize our lives against the new reality.
I had a renewed sense of purpose that year. I am very grateful to the skilled leadership of my BSF leader (Nancy Mayle) that year. She was a great support to those of us who were the small group/discussion leaders to keep us focused on doing our jobs with excellence. Our job was to encourage and love on the ladies in our group. The rest of it was just secondary to that primary job. I am no longer a BSF leader (I served faithfully for 8 years) but have fond memories of those days. If anyone ever invites you to a BSF class (they are held in major cities all over the world) say yes. It will change your life for the better.
There is power in studying the bible in a safe and comfortable environment. You will be amazed at how relevant and current a 2000 year old book can be. Can't go to a BSF class? See if there is a bible study offered in your local church. As we reflect on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, I can't think of anything more appropriate than changing your priorities to gather in community and be transformed by renewing your mind. The following scripture comes to mind.
'Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.' Romans 12:2. How do you transform your mind? Stop looking to the world (media etc) for guidance on how to live. Instead open up the bible (daily if possible) and prayerfully study it.
Below is a link on more about renewing your mind...
So what were you doing when you heard about the tragic terrorist attack on the US on 9/11? How are you spending the day today? Thanks so much for sharing. I read all the comments and would love to hear from you today. After all, 9/11 reminded us that community is so important. We are the UNITED states of America. Thanks for stopping by today.