Honor Them This 9/11
September 11, 2016
Today we should definitely remember, and pray for, the families of those who lost loved ones in the 9/11/01 tragedy of the Twin Towers. Let us also pray that the Lord will thwart the plans of evil people worldwide who, in the name of their god, think and teach that it is heroic to kill anyone who disagrees with their religion. All who have been harmed at the hands of such wickedness, and all who have fought to help and rescue others from those hands, should be remembered and honored by the rest of us.
As important as this day of remembrance is for that, today is also a day to remember another group of individuals who ought to be honored, cherished, and given attention. They are those who are grandparents.
National Grandparents Day was created as a reminder for us to take notice of our grandparents, to listen and learn from them, and to make them feel cherished and appreciated. This is highly important. The Fifth Commandment tells us to honor our parents so this would include honoring them as we guide our children in how to honor their grandparents. (Ex. 20:12 // Mark 7:9-13 // Eph. 6:1-3 // 1 Tim. 5:4,8)
Even for those who are not our parents or grandparents but who we suspect are elderly, lonely, and in need of encouragement, let’s pay some attention to them too. Do we realize how many persons languish in nursing homes or are confined at home, feeling forgotten and discarded? Likely way more than we wish to believe. Before the Lord we are responsible to them! (Mt. 25:31-46)
National Grandparents Day is significant. It is a day we should uphold. Grandparents are people we should respect and honor and love. Not only by our words, but in action involving our time.
Today is truly an important date for it is one in which several groups of people are to be remembered. Remembered for their contribution to us. Remembered because every person is valuable –the aged as well as those who sacrificed their lives for strangers on 9/11 in New York, and for those who died so unnecessarily as they began their normal day of work.
Let’s not forget to honor all these groups and to pray for those closely affected. And, for those to whom we can personally, let’s give our time and our love.