GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER
Getting to know each other is often difficult and filled with tension, misunderstanding, and real disagreement. The observance of Patriot Day marks the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation. As you remember those who died, and the heroes who responded with sacrifices of compassion, take courage with these words of hope and comfort from Scripture.
The Bible contains many stories of injustice, tragedy, and suffering inflicted on God’s people. The afflicted people respond with all the emotions we would expect: anger, disbelief, fear, indignation, and even doubt in God’s sovereignty. These are the same emotions that flood through our minds even today, ten years after the event, as we remember watching those twin towers fall. But time and time again, the Bible writers remind themselves and us that God is in control, and that our most important spiritual response to tragedy is to look to God’s endless love and incomprehensible faithfulness:
To turn our face to God in the aftermath of tragedy is to defy the power of evil, and to place your hope in the one person who can bring good out of even the most horrifying disaster. As you think back on the 9/11 attacks today and in the future, may your sorrow and mourning point you to the glorious hope of Jesus Christ, and the restoration he promises.
The Biblical book of Psalms was quoted a lot in the months following 9/11 and it’s not hard to see why. Many of the psalms, particularly David’s cries to God for justice and security, are a perfect model of the Christian response to tragedy. Psalm 27, Where David asks God to deliver him from enemies: his ultimate hope and comfort is not in wartime victory or physical safety (although we may hope for both). But in the goodness of our Lord and Savior we have overcome many tragedies.
Here are a few Bible Verses to Meditate on today:
When the wicked advance against me
to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27), NIV
The LORD is my light and my salvation
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life
of whom shall I be afraid?
I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:20-23,(NLT)
In you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. Psalm 25:2-3, ( NIV)
God Bless you.
Yael Michelle Edwards , B.C.C.
American Legion Post #53
22 W 8th St, Front Royal, VA 22630