The events of 9/11 still ring strong in the memories of not only Americans but the global community as a whole today.
Even with the current situation of uncertainty of what our actions as a nation will be towards to Syria- today is dedicated towards keeping in mind the lives lost and stolen due to nothing more then hatred.
To bring this to a personal note (not that I, by the grace of God, had any ties to either one of these tragic events in history) I am going to take time to talk about a tiny portion of my learning's over the last two days.
As many of you know I am in Washington, DC this week. Appropriate for a time such as this.
My morning commute passes several memorials dedicated to tragedies of our great nation and the reminder that the cost of our freedom comes at a heavy price.
Yet we still have our freedom.
I am a mere intern, but I am one for a great organization.
The International Justice Mission is an organization whose primary focus is "to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts."
This is their mission.
Over the next several months you'll read more about their movements, efforts and triumphs but for now, while memories of the past violations hang thick in the air it is pertinent that you not loose sight of what history has taught us
about who we are as a nation.
We are one nation, under God.
We are called to be a people of grateful hearts,
who are humbled and lead by example. To be the ones who show up
not to be served but to serve others. In these times of
great remembrance and reverence we are a people who have gained
credibility by insisting on an uncompromising commitment to excellence in all that we do.
But we as a whole forget these facts from time to time and do not act accordingly nor show the characteristics of a people who have fought for everything they have. We do not always give God His due credit and praise. We are rarely humble nor do families and leaders always offer the best examples to follow. Credibility is questioned. And public school systems are not always commitments to excellence.
It's time to stand tall again America.
Time to fall back on the foundation that men and women went selflessly into battle for. That other nations literally kill for and that we are given, as citizens, freely.
Stand tall as one nation under God and as a nation whose individuals strive daily for excellence in all that they do. Only then will we bring back true honor to ourselves as the lives left behind to carry on.