Remembering 9/11

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I clearly remember where I was when I heard that a plane had crashed into the first twin tower. By the time the second plane crashed, the fear of the unknown began gripping me. Is the country at war? What will happen the next time I have to fly? Will someone be on that plane ready to crash it?

As a result of the event that occurred on 9/11/2011, we as Americans tend to fear Muslims and people who look Middle Eastern more. Yes, it seems that we have a good reason, but every Muslim is not a terrorist. We have started to become a nation of racist. We as African-Americans know what it is like to have people treat us differently solely based on our appearance, so why do we now do it to others? Perhaps it’s because of fear.

Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain, whether the threat is real or imagined. Sometimes it can manifest itself in anxiety attacks. Fear is something we can allow to control us. Or we can gain control of it.

There are going to be times, like 9/11, when we are going to be afraid, but in those times of fear, God offers you His peace through a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Then you will be able to say with confidence as the person in Psalms 118:6 says, “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

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