Thursday, September 11, 2014

remembering September 11th

Where were you on that day?  I was sitting at my desk preparing for the next Sunday’s sermon when the phone rang.  A friend called to ask me to pray for his son who was missing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  A few minutes later I walked across the street to our home where I watched the events of the day unfold … the second airplane hit the tower, the plane crashing in rural Pennsylvania as well the crumbling of both towers.

Most churches were full the following Sunday as our nation was gripped with fear, and even that night a prayer meeting took place at our church with many people seeking God for answers.  That night I shared these verses:

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, 
nor the arrow that flies in the day. 6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, 
nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
 though ten thousand are dying around you, 
these evils will not touch you. 8 Just open your eyes,
 and see how the wicked are punished. 9 If you make the LORD your refuge, 
if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you;
 no plague will come near your home.

We have nothing to fear when God is our hope and help.  He has everything in His hands.  Our life and death are in His control.  Not ours.  Our success and our understanding are also in His plan for us. 

I don’t have a clue why God would allow such terrible things like this event and others to happen, but I do know that it is times such as 9/11 that draw us closer to God and allow our faith in God to grow.  Remembering what happened that day will bring us to a place where we are stronger and have influence. 

Remember those who lost their lives on that day.  Remember those who served, sharing and giving to help those who hurt and lost.  Remember the families of both.  Remember that God cared then, and God cares now.  We will not forget, and therefore, we remember. 

The pain of 9/11 reminds us that we serve a compassionate and loving God who holds us when depression, disease or disaster strikes.  Nothing can compare to the greatness of our God.  May we allow this September 11th, 13 years later to help us lean on God and remember how good God is now and was then as well as how good God will be in the days ahead.

NOTE: this post was first shared in September of 2012.

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