“Do you remember where you were when….”  It’s the beginning of a phrase you don’t really relish in saying, because tragic subject matter usually ends up following it.  This month, it’s inevitable that you’ll either ask or be asked “Do you remember where you were when tragedy struck on September 11?” 

 

For many of us, the images of crashing planes, billowing smoke, soot-covered streets, running people, and tireless rescue workers will haunt our minds for years to come.  During the first couple of months after September 11, it seemed as if everyone truly followed the command to “love one another.”  Strangers would greet you on the street without qualms.   Neighbors who had lived next door to each other for years with no contact suddenly got together for block parties.  And family members who had lost touch picked up the phone and reconnected. 

 

Perhaps one of these scenarios hits home with you.  Undoubtedly everyone the world over was affected and influenced to make changes in their lives and in our world.  We asked several artists from the contemporary Christian music industry if the tragic events of September 11 affected them and caused them to make changes in their lives….

 

 

Shane Barnard (w/Shane Everett)
“I don't even want to attempt to say that I fathom the debt of the pain and despair that happened and will continue to happen because of the events of that day.   But I do know that before a word reaches man's tongue, He knows it completely.   That there will not be even a sparrow that falls to the ground outside the strong hand of the Lord.   That Bin Laden is NOT a worthy opponent of the Lord; for surely his platform was even granted by Him who crowns kings and rulers of nations.   But even he is ultimately being used (even if it doesn't seem so) to shout the glory of the One True Living God--I have to trust this.   I have to cry out for His ways--for His sight--they are so much higher.   Sometimes they don't make sense and they hurt.   But they are higher and they are true.

Under the banner of grace, we see in scripture that bad things mean more of Jesus.   In Him, we are no longer under wrath, but we are under grace!!  And trials through perseverance bring character.   Bad things are now good because they mean MORE OF JESUS."
 
"Come, let us return to the Lord.  He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.  After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.  Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.  As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth" (Hosea 6:1-3 NIV).