As some of you know, this spring when I was asked if I had a song for 9-11-11 (and I did not), I asked God what message He had for us now that is has been ten years since the heinous terrorist attacks on our country. In response, He dropped the song, “One Nation Under God” into my head, and had me reserve the studio six weeks in advance to begin recording it on the morning He knew would be following the death of Osama Bin Laden (who died on the day Catholics celebrated Jesus as the Divine Mercy and Pope John Paul II was beatified). Such polar opposites!
So again I asked God, why did you arrange for the recording of a song, which is Your message for us today in light of these attacks and takes us back to 9-11-01 and forward to today on this ominous date? He whispered to my heart that the song has a two-fold focus.
First, as a nation we do need to declare we are one nation under God, which the song facilitates. What we declare we become. Even on July 4, 1776 when we declared our independence as a nation we were far from it. We had years yet of war to fight before we finally became independent. We need to declare we are “one nation under God” to encourage us to stand strong until what we are declaring again becomes reality.
Secondly, as we approach the 10th year since the attacks, we need to never forget the evil which came against us, but our individual focus should be more on remembering our response. People who were unknown in the eyes of broader society (and thus not attributed any particular value by the population at large) stepped into the work put before them that day and made a huge difference. People helped people in heroic ways – not because they were any better or worse than anyone else, but because they were faithful to what needed to be done regardless in many cases of the immense persnal cost (even unto death). This is the essence of a true hero.
We need to remember that this is what makes a hero – nothing less. And we need to remember that every person is of infinite worth to God (this means you!) and that He desires to use each of us if we merely are as willing as those on 9-11-01 (this means you!) for extraordinary purposes, which will have eternal impact in the lives of others.
Sometimes He does this by having us step out of our normal roles; sometimes He uses us right where we are. Every person matters. Every person is important. Every person is of equal value. No exceptions. This is the way of our God.
The value of each individual is one of the key messages of verses two and three of the song. (The song can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8 ) The message for us is that as we each simply do what God lays before us daily loving others being present to them, encouraging them, forgiving them, resting in God’s peace and joy no matter what is going on around us, God connects our seemingly insignificant little pieces into a quilt of His love and righteousness with which He covers the world. ~ Elizabeth
Every person matters. You and you and you! Every person is important and of equal value in the eyes of God. One of the places in the Bible He explains this exquisitely is in 1 Cor. 12:12-26
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized byone Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Cor. 12:12-26 NIV)
Most especially read again 1 Cor. 12:21-26. As usual, God’s way simply is not ours! His Way is so magnificently beter! How He made our bodies is a reflection of how He values.
God made our bodies so the parts everyone admires – like our eyes, hands, arms, legs, hair, etc we can live without. But who ever says, “my, you have beautiful kidney!” or “wow, what a pancreas!” or “your lungs are stunning!”? And yet without these parts of the body, we die. Thus that which is not admired and receives no recognition is actually the most critical component of all!
If you feel like you are hidden to society, if it seems your work is insignificant, if you think your external appearance doesn’t seem to match up with what society values, God – Creator of the universe, and all-powerful Master of all knows your value is critical to the whole and He delights in you!
Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]
PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share SHARE the link! Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.