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Remembering 911

Psalm 33:22 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society
22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

September 15th 2001
I hardly know where to begin writing about the events of the past few days. On Tuesday, September 11th, a day that will be forever remembered with great sadness, we saw unspeakable, horrifying events unfolding before our eyes on television.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., Brenda, my daughter, called upstairs to say that the World Trade Centre in New York had been hit by a plane. I turned to a news channel and was taking in the unbelievable sight before my eyes when a second plane hit the other tower. Shortly after that a plane hit the Pentagon and we heard that a fourth plane had crashed in Pittsburg.

The human tragedy that has unfolded since is on a scale that is almost incomprehensible. There are between 3 and 4 thousand dead or missing. Individual stories have been so heart rending; many families still cling to the hope that their missing loved one will be found alive in the rubble or in a hospital.

There have been tales of heroism and examples of great courage and dignity. In this situation where the grief and despair has been overwhelming, we have seen God, prayer and his Word, be a source of strength. People have been stunned, shocked and confronted with the fragility and uncertainty of life. God has brought this good, even out of such unspeakable horror.

Prayer: Dear Lord, today we are remembering the families of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks five years ago. This day will be so hard for them; please be their strength and their comfort.

Life is infinitely precious; thank you for the gift of one more day, it is a sacred trust.

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