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I know the anniversary of September 11 is always a hard day for America and much of the world.  I know it is much more difficult for the people who have lost a loved one and some will never see this day without a tear in their eye.  It is a fragile line to walk to say that there is good that came from such an evil act but we all witnessed the courage of the brave men and women who gave of themselves, body and heart.   The out pouring of gifts and donations to help people more hurt than ourselves was truly amazing.  The story that keeps coming back to my memory even between the anniversaries of Sept. 11, is about the Maasai people in Kenya andmasai-nr-lekerruki2.jpg Tanzania.  These people are literally “dirt poor” and they gave their most prized and treasured gift, a gift that sustains their very lives.  They gave fourteen cattle, now at first thought that doesn’t seem like a big thing to you or I, but to the Maasai people cattle are everything.  They themselves do not live on the beef of these cows, except for an occasional ceremony, they live on the blood mixed with milk taken from these cattle.  To the Maasia, Cattle represent not only wealth but are spiritually respected as well.  The Maasai elders deemed the fourteen cattle and their offspring to be sacred and will never be eaten or given away.  They now graze on a farm near the village of Enoosaen as a permanent tribute to the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

This story always reminds me of what Jesus said about the poor widow in Luke Chap 21 Verse 1 thru 4:  “And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.  And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.  And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:  For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”

May God Bless the families of the victims of September 11, 2001

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