by Rick White

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How Can I Face the Future? (2 of 3)
Series: Courageous Hope: America Under Attack
Rick White
Psalms 27

Introduction: Until Tuesday (Sept. 11), the bloodiest day in U.S. history was Sept. 17, 1862, when about 4,700 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War battle of Antietam. Pearl Harbor killed 2,388 Americans, and the first day of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, killed 1,465. - USA TODAY

Now 12 days removed from the most horrendous and darkest day in American history we find our systems staining to make adjustments in every area of life. The media is constantly reminding us that the way of life we knew before September 11 has been changed forever. Reality is now setting in; this has not been a bad dream from which we will eventually awake. This new and different world IS the world in which we will live.

According to the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 7 in 10 Americans said they have felt depressed since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, nearly half report having trouble concentrating and a third said they have had trouble sleeping. [AP 9-20-01]

In a speech before the Senate Banking Committee Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan discussed the economic impact of last week's attacks.

Greenspan said last week's attacks will harm the economy in the short-term by making Americans fearful of the future, but added they won't dampen the nation's long-term prospects, which remain bright. [MSNBC Roland Jones, 9-20-01]

Both the nation and the world listened to the speech of our President on Thursday evening as he vowed either to bring to justice to those responsible or bring justice to them. We now know with certainty that we are a nation at war.

I have talked to a lot of people in the past twelve days and dealt with all kinds of emotions. As I approached speaking on this second Sunday after the attack, the word I am hearing and reading more and more is the word f-e-a-r. If you are not afra ...

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