The New Normal

September 8, 2016


It was a wake-up call. When the first plane was deliberately flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, we were all rudely awakened to the new “normal.”   


In the fifteen years since, no issue has become more prized or costly than security. In the wake of it, large gatherings, transportation, traveling - almost every aspect of public life became safety-conscious, and so, visibly changed.


Where were you when this alarm went off? What were you doing - or what did you stop doing - when the images started looping on TV that dark Tuesday in 2001? Didn’t all of our lives pretty much grind to a halt? It seems everyone can remember those moments quite well.


Can you also remember the value analysis you may have gone through in your mind? Didn’t you find yourself rushing to be in touch with loved ones, making phone calls and seeking assurances that valued ones were safe and sound?  


Didn’t you also arrive to a packed worship space that Sunday? The sanctuary at Community Church was filled to capacity. When the hijackers shifted the ground under our feet, we also looked up to where our help comes from: to God, who is our keeper from all evil, who will not let a foot of ours be moved. 9/11 didn’t just make us reach out for loved ones; it also moved us to turn to God, the ultimate source of safety and security in life (and death).


This year we commemorate 9/11 for the fifteenth time, remembering the lives lost, the acts of bravery and selflessness, and the ever-pressing need for peace and respect amongst all peoples. On Sunday, September 11, 2016, in a town-wide Interfaith Prayer Service, we bring Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians together to pray for such peace.


Spare a remembrance also for yourself; recall the inspiration you drew amidst the horror of the event, that God was - and is - your keeper. That God never slumbers nor sleeps, but keeps your coming and going forever. 

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