by Roger Thomas

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God Is Our Refuge
Roger Thomas
Psalm 46; Psalm 37
September 16, 2001

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 will be one of those days that everyone old enough to understand its gravity will never forget. We all know where we where when we first heard. I had just left Vandalia for a meeting at Central Christian College in Moberly. I had just turned onto HWY PP when it finally dawned on me what I was hearing over KMOX. I immediately called home and called the church office to see if anyone had heard the news.

It is one of the amazing things of our day that we can watch in living, or deadly --as the case may be—color as events of such magnitude unfold before our eyes. We will never forget those scenes captured on video. It began at approximately 7:50 a.m. our time.

At 8:48 a.m. Eastern time, American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 with 81 passengers, 9 flight attendants and 2 pilots aboard, headed from Boston to Los Angeles crashes into the northernmost of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the heart of New York City. Ten minutes later -- A second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 headed from Boston to Los Angeles with 56 passengers, 7 flight attendants and 2 pilots strikes the southernmost of the twin towers.

Thirty-eight minutes later -- American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 with 58 passengers 4 flight attendants and 2 pilots, heading from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, crashes into the west side of the Pentagon, where about 20,000 people work, including most of the nation's highest-ranking military officials.

And then the unimaginable: Two hours later -- the southern tower of the World Trade Center collapses. Twenty minutes later -- the north tower collapses.

Minutes later -- United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 with 45 people aboard headed from Newark, NJ, to San Francisco, crashes in Somerset County, Pa., apparently headed for Washington, D.C.

The days that followed have been filled with shock, disbelief, ...

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