9/11. Never forget.
The 9/11 Museum in New York City commissioned a work of art for visitors. It stands out among the charred remains of fire trucks, stairs, and steel beams. The artist asked survivors who where in the city that morning to share the color they remembered of the sky that morning. The artist then put all of those colors together in this piece of art meant to help us to remember the moment and the people we lost.
Memories are powerful. Our senses are triggers to memories of events and people. Every time I smell Palmolive dish soap I remember my grandmother. When I see someone in painters clothes, I remember my friend Allen. When I eat country fried steak with gravy, I remember my birthday dinners from my childhood.
When we hear sirens in our home, we remember the night that our family member died by suicide. My husband had been called to his home. He heard the sirens on the way there. But when we remember him, we don't stop with that memory. We remember Christmas mornings with him. Going to football games. Him spilling his Coke as a young child. While the sound triggers a negative memory, we have happier ones to replace it.
I rarely think about our last home. It takes a photo or driving past it for me to recall our memories there. But every year on September 11 I remember where I was. I remember sitting on the sofa that day watching the TV for too long. Sitting in disbelief. I remember intentionally turning it off and going for a walk with my young kids. The sky was perfect that day. It was a great day for a walk.
I was reminded recently of the believers walking with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They recognized Jesus when he broke bread. Not surprising. Before he left he told his disciples, "Do this in remembrance of me."
There are signs of Jesus everywhere. Signs of resurrection. Signs of hope. Signs of reconciliation. And signs of life.
Sometimes in order to see them, we only need to look up.
P.S. - Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
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