The Day That Changed Us – My 9/11 Tribute

It was early and I was just getting settled into my desk, when my telephone rang. It was the associate warden’s secretary stating, “Mrs. Carter, a plane just hit the World Trade Center. All staff are to report to an emergency recall in the west building.” I snapped back in response, “that is not cute. Why would you say something like that?” Thank God, she was patient and responded that it was not a joke, and calmly instructed me to please inform the rest of the department of the recall.

This could not be happening, it felt like déjà vu.

As we walked outside our Park Slope building, there was debris falling from the sky. I subconsciously placed myself between the two men I worked with as we started our walk from the east building. I looked toward the WTC, saw smoke across the Hudson River, and grabbed one of the sheets of debris. It was a fax cover letter dated that morning from the AON Corporation which was located within the WTC. As I began to cry, I prayed for the safety of the man whose name was on the cover sheet and all those who walked in the WTC as part of their normal routine that morning.

It was the beginning of a very long day…. (to be continued)

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Wednesday Word

Wind-down Wednesday: The world calls this day hump day! It insinuates that because it’s mid week we should take it easy and effortlessly slide down the slope into the weekend. There are many definitions of the word slide, one says to move gradually to a worse condition or lower level. Sliding often leads to a slump, to lean or fall. As Believers, we know sliding effortlessly through life can lead to detours and snares. Therefore, we should continuously renew our faith through prayer and connection with the Father. Isaiah 40:31 says, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” We are never told to slide through life. To wind-down means to gradually loose power. As Believers, God is almighty and we must relinquish our power to Him and become servants, imitating Christ Jesus. To imitate Christ’s sacrifice begins with our mind, attitude and thinking. Proverbs 23:7 shows us it all begins with how we think, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” We must be careful of agreeing with worldly contagion’s no matter how cute the camel or saying. It is time to get our head in the game! #Believe #humpday #head #power CreatingABridge #CAB

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Forgiveness is golden (Matthew 6:14-15). It takes a lot of compassion and strength to truly forgive someone. Many times a person’s actions mimic their situation, messy desk/messy life, bullying because you’ve been bullied, or abusive people who grew up witnessing an abusive relation.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our feelings we forget to look further into someone else’s pain or insecurities. Truth is, we don’t know what’s it like to be in someone else’s shoes. Life is way too short to sweat the small stuff, because when we are called home to our Creator we will see that it was all small stuff.

Live out loud, give generously of self and service, seek to find something good in others, continue to push yourself to learn and grow, strive to walk in the love of Jesus Christ, and remember we all fall short of the glory of God, but get up and begin again (Romans 3:23). As Believers, we must hide His word with our hearts to help us stay on the right path (Psalm 119:11). Let go of anger, forgive your transgressors and move forward, one step at a time.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:8-12 NIV)

Heavenly Father, help us to more like you compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Amen.

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