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Pastor’s Corner Rev. Gideon Gallo, Administrative Pastor, Gladbrook United Methodist Church Gladbrook, Iowa

September 19, 2019
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“Defining Moments” “…but ss for me and my house, we will serve the Lord - (Joshua 24:15)-

We all know life is more than a moment. Life is made up of many experiences. Your life is myriad of ups and downs, victories and defeats, good times and bad times. But there are those snapshots that forever capture and imprint upon our heart: they are our defining moments. September 11, 2001 will forever be indelibly etched into the filling system of our brains. It will always move our hearts. The terrorist attack that killed nearly 7000 men, women and children has been called the first act of war against the United State in the 21st Century. It was a defining moment for this great nation. Its aftermath is being called the defining moment of George Bush’s Presidency. It is one of those experiences that will affect us for years and years and years to come. It will be wonderful, as you look back and picture in your mind the terrible sight of the attack, and ask, “Where were you and what you were doing when you first heard the news of planes flying into the World Trade Center?” You might probably remember the pall of somberness that blanketed your spirits as word spread You will remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news of planes flying into the World Trade Center. You’ll remember the pall of somberness that blanketed your spirits as word spread of the Pentagon being targeted and another plane downed by the heroic actions of courageous Americans that refused to allow their captors to inflict greater damage to their fellow citizens. Why will we remember? We will remember because it was a defining moment in our lives, and we continue to make decisions and choices out of this defining moment. September 11 will always be a defining moment that have altered our lives as a nation and forever sealed into our memory of how things can change in a moment. It is an earmark of our history but by no means is the end. In Joshua 24:15, we can read a story of a defining moment in the life of Joshua and the nation of Israel. It comes at the end of Joshua’s journey of life. Joshua declares: “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord - (Joshua 24:15)- Joshua’s message is crystal clear: Life is made up of a continuous series of decisions. Some choices that we make are seemingly inconsequential. However, when one looks back and considers the road that he or she has traveled, it is sometimes shocking to discover how significant some relatively small decisions and choices have turned out to be. September 11 provides a landmark for the United States of America. How are we responding to this defining moment? Joshua pointed out, we need to make decisions and choices that will define us as a nation and as individuals. 14  “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15  Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15

 
 
 

 

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