Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.” vs. 20

Genesis 50:15-20

The date September 11, or more familiarly, 9/11, has an iconic quality to it, and,
like December 7, 1941 for a prior generation, quickly brings back a whole flood of memories. Many can easily recount what they were doing on that Tuesday morning and can remember what it was like to see a sky completely void of planes in the days that followed. That attack shocked our country and for a few weeks brought about a kind of spiritual revival as people headed for churches to pray and try to make sense of it all. In those moments Americans were inclined to put aside differences and draw together in our grieving. Sometimes that’s what happens when evil comes near. Genesis, in describing the reunion of Joseph and his brothers, says that God’s good intentions can trump the evil intentions of humans. Of course there’s truth in that. We can find the seeds of good in the rubble of evil, and often they grow and flourish. Some good things have happened in the wake of 9/11, and we can be grateful for that. But sometimes it takes humans a long time to learn lessons, and too much hate and terror still remains in our world. Ultimately goodness will triumph…we just wish it wouldn’t take so long!

Thought for the Day: What did 9/11 mean for me?


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