2,977 families approach today from a different perspective. For them 9/11 is not just a sad day for America–it is a day a member of their family perished in senseless tragedy. I can only imagine how raw their feelings must be on this day, how acute that loss must feel 4,018 days later.
This morning I watched a video I have seen many times. In it, Carl Sagan reads a passage from his book Pale Blue Dot. I believe its message is more poignant than ever on the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001 . In here, the lesson on perspective sounds remarkably like the teachings of a Rabbi who lived in the first century named Yeshua. You may have heard the English translation of his name: Jesus.
Carl Sagan tells us that the absolute vastness of space renders foolish our conquests and grandeur, and the only sensible response is to band together. Jesus told us that the greatest commandments were to love the Creator and love each other.
The cynical believe we can never stand together as a species. For Christians, the two greatest commandments should be sufficient reminders that such a cynicism has no place in our lives.
For God so loved the World is a powerful message, but today we understand the the World is very small indeed. May that perspective teach us.