by Terry J. Hallock

He Was There and He Is Here!
T. J. Hallock
Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 4:35-41
September 8, 2002
September 11th Remembrance Service

*On the morning of September 11, 2001 Jeannie Braca switched on the television to check the weather, only to hear that a plane had just hit the world Trade Center. Jeannie's husband, Al, worked as a corporate bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of Tower One. Jeanie hadn't spoken to Al since he had left for work that morning. Yet Al had survived the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and Jeannie didn't think it would be any different this time. A year earlier, Jeannie had suffered a severe heart attack that had left only 16 percent of her heart functioning properly. Friends and family worried that the stress would be too much for her. So when the second plane hit, they turned off the television. Jeannie was, in fact, starting to feel ill and having difficulty breathing. Then the Towers collapsed killing Al and some 3,000 others. A week later Al's body was found in the rubble.

Al and Jeannie were Christians. Like Peter they had trusted Jesus to take them across the storms of life. Like the disciples they had gladly welcomed Him in the boat of life. No matter what they were going to be true to His name. Al hated his job at Canton Fitzgerald. He couldn't stand the environment so completely out of touch with his Christian values. Yet he wouldn't quit. He was convinced that God wanted him to stay there, to be a light in the darkness. Al freely shared his faith with his co-workers, many of whom sarcastically nicknamed him "The Rev." "They mocked him," Jeannie recalls, "but when horrible things happened in their lives, they always asked Al for prayer." Yet despite Al's willingness to carry the cross of shame for Jesus, his life had been taken in an unspeakable act of horror and Jeannie's life hung in the balance as the news of her husband's martyrdom struck her fragile heart. The cry of Peter about to sink beneath t ...

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