“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
This morning I attended the annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the La Junta Intermediate school. It was a somber reminder of the not only the importance of this day 18 years ago but also the chaos of all those days, weeks, and months following.
Each year I take a moment to remember the words of Brian Sweeny, a passenger on the United Airlines flight 175, who called his wife to say goodbye. He tells her he loves her, he wants her to do good and have good times, and wishes well to his parents. He says towards the end “I’ll see you when you get here.” He closes with a statement that was never to be fulfilled; “Bye, babe, hope I will call you.” As time marches on we can forget that real people died that day; people just like you and I. We focus on the number lost and yet should always remember that each one of those thousands of people who died were individuals with stories, purpose, and lives. These were real people who would never see their families again or say I love you again.
Most of us old enough remember where and what we were doing that Tuesday in September back in 2001. While we may not remember the details of that day most of us at least remember the feeling that overcame us as we learned that those planes had struck the towers, the pentagon, and crashed in that field in Pennsylvania.
Our country was forever changed that day as were most of our lives. Not long after the events of 9/11 were sorted out my sister enlisted in the Army and just a few years later she was deployed to Iraq. She continues to deal with the horrors of war still today.
Our scripture reading today reminds us that God is a fortified tower. God is impenetrable and is a safe haven for all who seek him. The scripture says “the righteous run to it and are safe.”
God is unchanging, unwavering, and immovable. We serve a God that stands with us during the good times, the bad, and especially the ugly. 9/11 was a terrible day and yet in the midst of all that tragedy we see God shining through the dust and smoke.
Let us remember again Fred Roger’s reminder; he would often share how his mother told him to look for all the helpers when tragedy struck and that Tuesday in September when the towers fell there was no shortage of helpers. First responders ran quickly towards the danger while many were fleeing. They were the hero helpers that day and reminded us that even in the midst of horror we can find God’s light shining brightly.
I invite you today, as you hopefully pause to remember the events of 9/11, to remember those brave first responders and all those who lost their lives, to remember our scripture reading today. God is our fortress and we run to him and are safe. How powerful a reminder as we struggle with life and all its difficulties like addiction, illness, finances, security, even our broken relationships?
God is our fortress. God is our safe space and the place we can and must run to when fear and uncertainty rears its ugly head.
May it be so,
Rev. Lou Ward
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We will take July 28 through August 25 off. Stay tuned for our new study coming in September.
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