Thirteen Septembers Ago…

9-11The Emergency Number 911 took on a new significance 13 years ago, on September 11, 2001, when we all were shaken in our souls as the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City were hit and destroyed.

The terrible tragedy unfolded first with intense interest at what seemed to be an awful accident at the South Tower. Then, as the nation watched live coverage, the second tower was hit and it was clear we were under attack by some evil source.

Our modern “day of infamy” continued as other planes hit the Pentagon, in our nation’s capital, and, finally, the field in Pennsylvania. In the end, thousands of innocent men and women died for simply being Americans. Many others died demonstrating the heroic American spirit of selfless determination to aide their fellow man.

Though we were initially stunned with anxiety and angered by what had happened, hope surfaced. Our nation turned to God in the hours and days that followed! In tragedy’s shadow, our houses of worship will filled with penitent and praying people. We prayed for God’s mercy. We sought His word for hope.

As then-President George W. Bush noted the evening of that September 11th, we learned to rest in the arms of “a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me’.”

Now, 13 years later, at this solemn anniversary of 9/11, may we resolve that those we lost will be honored–not just for a few minutes in memorials and editorials, but in the ultimate victory for faith, family, and freedom. May God continue to bless America!

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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