The aftermath of 9-11 has taught us many lessons. Among them is this: “Hope springs eternal.” God keeps reminding us that resurrections are real and somewhat commonplace. They are without end and somewhat commonplace, personally and corporately. A saying of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., makes the point, “for every Good Friday, there is an Easter.”
So this 9/11 Anniversary gives us one more chance to be the church. We are called to be a church whose worship is so well crafted and engaged that all who participate begin to see, smell, inhale and taste another sovereignty, a new creation. We are called to be a church that leads people to the heart of God in prayer so that when we say “Our Father” we see how large and diverse our family really is. We are called to be a church that helps us to pray for ourselves and what we need and to pray so as “to bless them that curse us and despitefully use us.” We are called to be church in such a way that we model for the world the tearing down of barriers between persons, families and tribes. Seriously, what if Christians, for example, could carry on their most sensitive conversations in ways that gave life rather than in ways that suck the air out of the room and cannot sustain life?