There have been three world events in my lifetime in which I can remember exactly where I was when they happened: the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the first landing on the moon, and 911.
The assassination of JFK not only meant the sudden loss of a nation’s president, but it created a sense of shock at the violence taking place in our nation. Who was really safe anymore? We had become a nation of anarchists. The mood was enhanced when Martin Luther King and then Robert Kennedy were both assassinated five years later.
The landing on the moon was different. It created a sense of pride and hope. What bravery it took to go on such a mission! How far will technology take us? There was a sense of joy that perhaps this can bring the world together, and peace can prevail.
Then came 911. Our nation for the first time was under attack on our own soil. Americans were dying, buildings were collapsing, and we didn’t even know who the enemy was. Al-Qaeda would become a household name. It seemed as though the most powerful nation on earth was not capable of keeping us safe. Fear gripped the country once again.
But life is like that. It is a series of joys and sorrows, ups and downs, and the only real constant is God himself. He would not have his believers be tossed back and forth by every wind of political philosophy or world event. God is still in control. When it comes to our enemies, God sits on his throne and laughs at their ranting and raving. When it comes to our moments of earthly joys, God reminds us that these things too will pass away.
There is only one source of hope and joy, one source of peace and security, and that is our Savior Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is still the King of kings and Lord of lords who controls all things for the good of his church. Let those who hope, hope in the Lord.
Pastor Fred Piepenbrink