9/11 - 10 Year Anniversary Sermon
Dr. Fred Lowery
Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 8:38; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:33; Isaiah 14:24; Psalm 33:11; Psalm 46
September 11, 2011
What happens when what you're counting on doesn't count? A family, the Gonzales family, in Miami, FL, built their dream house and the week before they moved in discovered they had built the house on the wrong lot. What happens when what you're counting on doesn't count? What does the American, the average American, what does he or she put his trust in? If you think that America puts its confidence and trust in God in 2011, you're wrong. You're wrong. And there are many reasons I wanted today to be special. One of those reasons, Leigh and I were in New York with Laura Leigh a few weeks ago and were at Ground Zero and I realized that Laura Leigh, our 10 year old, did not know anything about what happened on 9/11/ 2001 and that convicted me as her grandfather because we need to teach our children because, you see, on that day a decade ago, a beast, an ugly beast, raised its head. We saw evil so strong that you could almost feel it; you could almost touch it. We were attacked on our own soil for the first time. And we have to not only remember what happened and remember those who gave their lives; those who lost their lives on that day but we have to learn from what happened. On that Tuesday morning, September 11th, 2001, every adult in this room knows exactly where you were and what you were doing When America was attacked and over 3,000 people lost their lives, over 400 fireman and policeman and the pictures that we've been watching this morning and the last couple of days on television of airplanes flying into buildings and the building collapsing; those 2 huge towers collapsing before our eyes and the dust and the ashes, the smoke, the people running pushing strollers with their babies trying to get away from the smoke, away from the debris, away from the danger, people bleeding, people leaping out of the buildings because they were desperate and saw no hope whatsoever. We will never forget those pictures and that we have been forever changed by what happened. Think about it - on that day in America, every airplane in the sky was told to land at the nearest airport and that every airport was closed, all over America. The stock market closed. Disney Land closed. Disney World closed. Football games and baseball games were cancelled. Everything stopped. America stopped; locked down and we have to learn from what happened. The - Air Force One- you know the President, came to Barksdale and spoke to the world. Some of you saw Air Force One coming in flanked by those fighter planes - F-16's or whatever they were. He spoke to the world from our own city. And then a couple of months later this is what George Bush said. "Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember ev ...
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