This day has many faces.
We are reminded that it is Grandparents Day, and the secular day of remembering began way back in 1978 here in our United States. It is a good reminder to us about our heritage, our family network, and the love that comes from that.
This is also Rally Day for our new Sunday School Education Kick-off, complete with a celebration with balloons, treats, and promotions to new classes for the church year. This is a wonderful time to show our support to the young folks in our congregation and let them know how glad we are that they are learning more about Jesus and our faith.
Today we also have a special speaker telling us about Food for the Poor – a first- hand look at the needs in our own mission field that have come about as a result of disasters, poverty, disease and more.
Lastly, we remember Patriot Day. September 11, is recognized by US law as the official day of remembrance for the tragic events, and has been observed every year since 2011. Each year, American flags are flown at half-staff to honor and commemorate those lives lost. The US President asks fellow Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8.46am (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane collision into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
These events have different levels of significance for each of us, but the blessing of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ has been with us through it all. Being a grandparent, having been a Sunday School teacher and volunteer for many years, active in service with meals for our own hungry teens through Coffee Oasis and Back Packs for Kids programs, and being a real time wife of a deployed military husband during the 9/11 horror, I carry a huge list of prayers that have sustained and strengthened me during each of these times.
Philippians 4:13 has always been a strength and help each day: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I pray that each of you can say the same, whether it be a moment of grandparent love, a moment of celebration for our kids, a moment counting our blessings for food and life needs, and a grateful moment for our military and our family of faith that we can worship with each week.
Today, reach out and touch those you love, those who are alone, those who are grieving, and those who are celebrating.
We are one in Christ! Rejoice! Thank you for letting me continue to serve you in His name.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace, firstname.lastname@example.org