God, Our Mighty Fortress by Jim Henry

God, Our Mighty Fortress
Jim Henry
Psalm 46:1-11, Revelation 22:1
9-16-01

Father, we pray that You will hear our prayer; comfort
those whose hearts are broken, those who have a
lifetime grief, with a sense of Your presence and Your
power, as only You can bring. Thank You for the
courageous men and women who gave their lives, and
somehow, Lord, redeem the blood of the innocent. In
Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

In times of crises throughout our country's history,
God has seemed to raise up the people to help us.
We've seen it all across our country, especially in
New York and in Washington, but in Orlando, there is
no exception. When this unprecedented crisis came to
hit our country, our leaders, our government, our
people, and our elected officials stepped up. They
stepped up quickly. They stepped up ready to help.
On Friday, our mayor and our county chairman led a
prayer service at the First Presbyterian Church in
which they gathered everyone who had come to join with
our President and others in a time of prayer and
remembrance.

Like you, I have struggled this week. One of the men
in my prayer group this week said "I was shocked, I
was numb; I just couldn't believe it. And then I got
angry, and I wanted to take vengeance." And then he
said, "I don't know how I feel."

I talked to one of our men last night who was just two
or three blocks from the Twin Towers when the
airplanes crashed into them on Tuesday. He said, "I
cried until I could cry no more. I helped build those
buildings. I'm numb. I can't believe what has
happened there."

I talked to another fellow yesterday who said,
"Remember September 10th, because you'll never have
another day like September 10th after September 11th."
Ted Koppel said, "We've been changed forever." And so
we have.

I was interested in Mike Thomas' column in the
Sentinel. "Where were you when your world changed?
Before Septemb ...


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