I have a calendar event on my smartphone (formerly on my Palm) set yearly on September 11 at 9:20am EST (8:20 here in CST) that says, “Moment of Silence”. In remembering 9/11 this year, I watched a couple videos online including this awesome short documentary about the 9/11 Boatlift. Anyhow, as I’m watching these things and remembering, I recall the sense of surrealness of it all and the disbelief to the horror inflicted on our nation. As I’m thinking about it, I think about how the whole thing has had a profound affect on everyone who lived through it – we all will never forget where we were when it happened and the days following. Then I started thinking about people in the world who are living this continually. It’s not just one date but it’s going on daily with no end in sight. This is particularly true currently in Syria and I felt convicted that I have not been praying for the Syrian people and for peace. Do you realize that the Syrian conflict has been going on since April of 2011? According to the United Nations, the death toll surpassed 100,000 lives in June 2013!
There are a lot of strong opinions on either side about whether our nation should get involved or not in the conflict militarily, but can we commit to get involved in prayer for peace? Who will commit with me? Remember the gut-wrenching feeling of 9/11 today and let God break your heart for those lives who are being torn apart in Syria or elsewhere. Please comment if you’re with me.