Patrick Propster: Always Remember/Never Forget
How quickly time has passed. Nearly two decades ago our country’s resolve was tested. Because of God’s amazing grace, because of the faithful dedication of those who put their lives in harm’s way, we are still one nation under God, indivisible. May it be that our thanksgiving and gratitude would be at gatherings of reflection and heartfelt remembrances across this nation on 9-11. Our way of life was threatened that day and the days that followed. As a nation we cried out to our sovereign Lord for his guidance in one of the greatest hours of need in our lifetime. Out of the ashes we have remained strong, together, faithful, with our eyes on the bigger picture of who we are: A people united in each of our amazing states.
We pushed back anger and hatred at our door step. May we never let it in or be a part of who we are or want to be as Americans.
President Lincoln quoted Jesus correctly when he said “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or, ‘(A)house divided against itself shall not stand.’”
An entire new generation of Americans has been born since the day that brought us all to prayerful knees.
Please, please, let us never forget!
The uniformed future generations need us to remember and to retell of the greatness of a people, that in the midst of horrendous challenges, cared for another above their own needs. Esteeming others higher than themselves. That is the way this nation will sustain healthiness. Let’s take time to remember, retell, and share the truths of our amazing spiritual history and how this nation came to be. In so doing, maybe, just maybe we will see a decline in disunity, and decline of malice, strife, and violence. Maybe, just maybe, entitlement would be replaced with encouragement, division would be replaced with diplomacy, anger would be replaced by ability, disunity would be replace by patriotism.
Grateful hearts have no room for anything but thanksgiving and gratitude. Join one of the many gatherings of remembrance, prayer, song, and stories of countless unsung heroes of that day, as well as the faithful that, even at this moment, are on watchful vigil protecting us. We are still the nation that holds these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness/contentment/peace.
Do you remember? Will you remember? How do you remember?
Here are a few suggestions.
Thank a veteran and those in uniform, pray for all service personnel and first responders, attend remembrance services. How about simply allowing somebody the right of way, open the door for somebody, random acts of kindness, a friendly wave, a sincere neighborly smile, looking out for needs of others These just a few simple ways that strengthen our resolve and guarantee our nation’s continuance as it was founded.
Closing thought: It’s been said, “People aren’t really interested in how much we know until they know how much we care.”
Participate: Carson City Christian Ministerial Fellowship has coordinated a night of remembrance at Mills Park, gathering at the 9-11 Memorial Site, near the entrance to the Marv Teixeira Pavillon, on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
We will begin with a time of worship, prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Bob Crowell, Sheriff Ken Furlong, Fire Chief Sean Slamon will, as in years past, bring inspiring words and thoughts. Each of those times will be followed by moments of prayer by a local area pastors.
Refreshments to follow.
The Lord’s blessings upon you, and the Lord’s blessings upon America.
Grace upon grace,
Pastor Patrick Propster