For one thing, we saw a resurgence of patriotism in the United States. The National Anthem and “God Bless America” stirred our emotions more deeply than before. The presentation of the American flag seemed more special.
Second, we gained a greater appreciation for first responders, those who rush toward the danger instead of away from it, because they know that others need their help. Soldiers, police, firefighters and EMTs are now given the respect and admiration that they have always deserved.
Finally, many of us saw the need to reaffirm our status as a nation that was founded “under God”. Having been given a stark reminder that we are in a constant battle between good and evil, some people started to get serious about prayer, Bible study, worship, service and righteous living.
All of this serves to remind us that, even out of unspeakable acts of evil, God can make good things happen. We can agree with what Joseph said to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20).