A firm foundation

Eleven years ago today, thousands of people from our great country and around the world lost their lives in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

I love the picture to the right, taken by Anne Bybee shortly after the attacks. Anne was part of the National Disaster Medical System Mission Support Team and snapped the photo with a disposable camera she bought in a hotel gift shop. She was surrounded by rubble 10 stories high and none of it recognizable. There was a constant stream of thick smoke and unrelenting stench. To her, the cross formed out of the remains of the Twin Towers was a message from God that said, “You’re not alone. I’m here.”

Here’s an excerpt from the speech Billy Graham gave at the National Cathedral three days after the attacks:

“This week we watched in horror as planes crashed into the steel and glass of the World Trade Center. Those majestic towers, built on solid foundations, were examples of prosperity and creativity. When damaged, those buildings plummeted to the ground, imploding in upon themselves. Yet, underneath the debris is a foundation that was not destroyed. …

“Yes, our nation has been attacked, buildings destroyed, lives lost. But now we have a choice: whether to implode and disintegrate emotionally and spiritually as a people and a nation; or to choose to become stronger through all of this struggle, to rebuild on a solid foundation. …
That foundation is our trust in God. And in that faith, we have the strength to endure something as difficult and as horrendous as what we have experienced this week. This has been a terrible week with many tears.
But it also has been a week of great faith. In that hymn, ‘How Firm a Foundation,’ the words say,
‘Fear not, I am with thee;
o be not dismayed,
for I am thy God, and will give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee,
and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.’

My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us and that as we trust in Him we will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us.”

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31


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