It is very likely that you, like me, have encountered hurt, pain or disappointment by others in or around your life at one time or another. In fact, if you are an American citizen (as I am), on this day in 2001, your heart, your trust and even possibly your faith along with mine was tested as well as broken in the most horrific manner: By foreign, yet fellow mankind influenced by evil as opposed to God-Love, who drove airplanes into American buildings in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania as a vicious weapon to kill or harm the lives of thousands of people in a failed attempt to stop our great nation’s democracy from flowing. September 11, 2001 is a day we all shall never forget; but it is also one, with the love, grace, healing and mercy of God, I’ve come to forgive. I pray that you too have been able to heal/forgive. If you haven’t, my prayer is that at the end of reading this blog, you will.
The horrific incidents of September 11, 2001 are not the first ones in my life that have personally caused me gut wrenching heartfelt pain or loss as a result of evil operating through another: I, along with my family, have unfortunately endured the death of too many of my family members (which is large and close-knit): (1) domestic violence that took the precious lives of my female cousin (and her unborn 8-month old child) and my (paternal) aunt by hands of their husband/boyfriend, (2) an uncle cut with a knife wielded by the hands of his so-called longtime friend, and (3) three young cousins (two who were brothers) killed by gun violence a couple of years apart. I have, unfortunately, personally experienced sudden loss due to violence inflicted by the hands of another too many times in my 47 years of living. Each experience of familial loss was hard to endure as well as difficult to overcome. Candidly speaking, even as a Christian, my faith was tested on each of these sad occasions. But with the help of the Lord, I’ve made it through with a healed and opened heart willing to forgive like Jesus Christ and love unconditionally like Abba God.
“Thank you Lord for the power to Love my way to forgiving
those who killed my family members and fellow Americans.”
The ability to forgive like Jesus Christ was impossible on my own, but possible through the lens and the Love of Abba God. I had to kneel down to soak and pray in the presence of my Lord continually because I desperately needed the Savior Who have the powerful authority to remove my anger to replace it with love. I was born to release and receive Love! I refused to live a life full of hate or face a future without love! When I turned my thoughts away from the unspeakable evil that somehow drove (and continues to drive) others to hurt another and instead placed them on God’s Biblical promises, I began to see those killers who untimely snatched my loved ones away from me, as spiritually lost souls who needed a Savior just like me. I asked God in my private prayer time during my season of loss ‘what could have gone so terribly wrong in their lives as a child or an adult that would cause evil to overtake and use them in such a horrid way.’ We are all born into a world of sin, but by grace through faith the Lord has provided us redemption (freedom from sin). It is our individual choice as His creation to accept or reject His freewill offering of salvation. When we do, we don’t become a perfect person, but we surely become a more God-Loving being especially the nearer we draw to Abba as humble child. Our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, Who is indeed the Source of Love, the lesser the chains of sin/evil can hold us bound.
As we honor and remember the victims, their families and the United States of America at-large whose lives were painfully touched on 9/11, may we also ask our Abba God to grant each of us an extra dose of His loving power to forgive our perpetrators. May we continue to heal to the point we can honestly pray that the perpetrators who remain living on this earth will somehow be introduced to Jesus Christ our Lord to find Love, forgiveness, healing and salvation for themselves. As a result of praying for them, we ourselves are set free, healed and delivered from anger, hurt, animosity, disappointment through “The Power of Loving Our Way to Forgiveness” as yielded children of the Most High God!
I God-Love and am praying for you!
May healing and peace reign in our hearts today
as we remember, yet forgive.
Oh, by the way, I still have something wonderful to celebrate on September 11 – the birthday of my very first and beautiful niece, Shawanda Gibson Zaidi! Happy Birthday Sha! Auntie Dar loves you!!!
God bless you; God bless America; and may America bless God!
In His Love & Forgiveness,
Your Sister Darnella
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