by Rick White

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COURAGEOUS HOPE: Praying For America Under Attack
Rick White
September 16, 2001

Introduction: I want to welcome you to the People's Church on this Sunday morning. Maybe you are here as a member or regular attender and this is part of your routine. Maybe you are joining us today as a result of what has happened in our nation this week. Whatever brought you hear this morning we are glad that you are here.

Psalm 57:1 (NIV)
1Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

This has been a week unlike any other week in American history. We have heard it compared to December 7, 1941 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

[I can remember the assassination of JFK, Viet Nam, the Challenger Disaster and more recently, Columbine.] For most of the people in this room this morning we have nothing to compare it too. It is the first time in our lives where our emotional system has received this kind of shock.

So all across the nation this week people have gathered together to pray, to share community, to talk, to process, and try to make some sense of this awful nightmare.

Ecclesiastes 8:14 (TLB)
14There is a strange thing happening here upon the earth: Providence seems to treat some good men as though they were wicked, and some wicked men as though they were good. This is all very vexing and troublesome!

Bruce Cockburn sings these words, "Sometimes a wind comes out of nowhere and knocks you off your feet: A wind has come out of New York and Washington, knocked us off our feet, and we will walk unsteady for the rest of our lives.[Len Sweet] Life as we have known it has been changed - perhaps forever. And because of the events of this week there are some other things that need to and even must change if we are to survive days like these.

During the events of this past Tuesday I was like mos ...

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