Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I Will Never Forget

It struck me, I walked hand in hand up the library steps, her American flag shirt proudly displayed with her pink little shorts. Her little lisp apparent to all but her mommy smiled and said "Wook at the fwag mommy!" It hit me, on September 11, 2001 I wondered - what will my life looks like in 5-10-15 years? I just couldn't picture it and now I know.

Twelve years ago today I was not thinking about  children or a mortgage or taking my kids to the library. I was single and living on my own for the first time. I had a great job and money and friends and a boyfriend and I was in college. I never imagined what September 11, 2001 would mean to me and yet here I am - trying to define it so I can share this with my kids.

How do you tell your children about evil or terror or planes going into buildings? At that moment, the one at the library with my sweet little girls hands cupped over mine, it all seemed to come together. I lived through that day in order to share about it with my kids. I am called to live in hope and joy and to aspire to raise world changers. I told the boys that if they had been firemen on that day I just knew they would have sacrificed their lives to help those in need, because "We're Williams and that is what we do." I shared with them about overcoming evil with good. That the evil in this world must be pushed out by our light. That every day we are called on by Jesus to be His light, His ambassadors to this often dark world. We read about the firemen, listened to patriotic songs, talked about what it means to "be God's boy or girl" and how God will call us to hard thing that will bring Him glory. We talked about all the ways God was there that day, the people who didn't make it to work, the plane at the Pentagon hit an area being remodeled so not a lot of people were there. I shared with them about the hero's on the plane that overtook the cockpit and saved the White House. We worshiped  and Drew really wanted to sing "We will not Be Shaken" which I thought was very fitting!

September 11th is a call to action for us, its my call and reminder to instill virtue and humility and servant-hood into the lives of my children. There is hope for America and it rests in the next generation - we all are raising world changers and I pray as moms and dads we instill godly virtue, heroism and character in our children so when evil temps them, they can stand firm!

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