The Day The World Stood Still

Thursday, September 20, 2001

The day is bright, clear and sunny. A soft breeze rustles the leaves of the large oak tree that stands strong and tall in my front yard. It is peaceful. Yet approximately five hundred miles from here, there is chaos.

The horrific devastation left behind, when hijacked planes, controlled by terrorists, crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center and the west wing of the Pentagon, continuously flashes across our television screens. Images of terror are etched into our minds forever. The hope of finding loved ones beneath the mountains of rubble is slowly diminishing. Sorrow, tears, anger, and also a strong belief in the fight for freedom permeate the very core of our American neighbours' hearts. This horrific tragedy has changed our world forever. It has also brought many countries together in a common bond to offer their support to our American neighbours.

During this time of uncertainty, during this time of tragedy and sorrow, let us place our hope in the living God. Let us pray for wisdom as we defend freedom and truth. Let us pray for world peace. Let us pray for forgiveness.

Galatians 5:13 – For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (NASB)

Prayer: Almighty God, cleanse our hearts from hatred and jealousy. Fill our human hearts with love and forgiveness. Help us to remember the words of Your Son, Jesus, as He hung on the cross for our sins:
Luke 23:34 – "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."

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