"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Dear Precious Friends,
We all remember September 11, 2001.
We all know where we were and what we were doing
20 years ago when the World Trade Center buildings came
crashing down in New York City. It was a historical and moment. In one single moment, life as we knew it was changed forever.
On this day we remember all who lost their precious lives and those who lost loved ones. We remember all the courageous men and women who laid down their lives to save others. We remember the incredible gift of freedom and the sacrifice given for this gift. We remember that our nation is one nation under God who banded together and embraced each other.
Our hearts are heavy on this day as we cry out to the Lord to comfort our nation and those who are still mourning the loss of precious loved ones.
We all mourn with you.
We are reminded to embrace each other and the precious gift of life.
In a single moment, life as we knew it was changed.
As we reflect on this day, we have 3 things to embrace:
Faith in God
Through the shock and horror, something else happened
20 years ago.
THROUGH THE INTENTION OF EVIL our country embraced each other. Instead of division, we came together in unity. Instead of confusion, we had clarity. Instead of falling apart, we banded together.
BUT THEN AGAIN
That's the way one nation under God will always respond.
For such a time as this, we must come together. The recent events in our world are confirmation that this is our time to rise and be the people of prayer and action that America needs. The darkness we see now isn’t something we haven’t seen before, so let us meet that darkness with the same fervent prayer and selfless action that we have seen in defining moments of our nation’s history.
Prayer and action is a dangerous combination against the enemy of truth and freedom.
Pastor Charles Stanley wrote
“When Foundations are Shaken”, on the first anniversary of the attacks. Here is a gem from the devotional:
“Safety in this world is an illusion. Sadly, the peace and blessing we have experienced in America has led to much complacency and self-dependence. Sometimes we need to be shaken out of our forgetfulness and into reliance upon Jesus Christ.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 reminds us
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."