All of us can remember what we were doing when something tragic or profound happened in our lives; or when we heard about it. I remember when I heard the news about the terrorist using the planes as bombs. I remember...
Black Tuesday is forever etched in our mind
Time can not erase the anguish
Tears can not help us with victims to find
Although pain will soon languish.
My husband called me and asked if I had been listening to the news. I said, "
No, why?" and the words he spoke brought fear and searing pain in my heart. I hung up from his call and rushed to watch the news. I cried and cried each time I saw the planes crash.
I cried for the thousands of children who lost their fathers, or mothers.
I cried for the loss of husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.
I cried for the loss of friends and family members.
I cried for the loss of our heroes.
I am deeply and profoundly sorry for those who have lost a loved one.
Oh, Dear God, can you see the tears?
Will the cowards pay for the crime?
Can you calm the little one's fears?
See those taken in their prime?
And God says that even a tiny sparrow can not fall, apart from His knowledge.
Face it... Sin is alive and well and as long as there is sin in this world there will be horrible crimes to deal with. God doesn't want it this way. He didn't want those precious individuals to be killed. The fact is we have a free will and God will not go against anyone's free will. If you choose to try and kill me, God will not stop you. He may send me a warning. If I am walking close to Him. He will most certainly help me be aware of danger. However, we must always remember that God says it rains on the just and the unjust alike (So does tragedy!)
God wants us to love Him because we choose to love Him. When we choose to love Him during great tragedy, that is when Satan loses and we win a spiritual battle. When bad things happen, God is right there weeping with us and angry at those who cause it.
God says that even the very hairs on our head are numbered... Matthew 10:29-31.
How much He loves us!
"...God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living with him..." 1 John 4:16
"See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for He allows us to be called His children..." 1 John 3:1
"And if you hard-hearted sinful men know how to give good gifts to your children, won't your Father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask Him for them?" Matthew 7:11
Oh, how He loves you and me...
God is our greatest comforter... 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
He is the source of every mercy... 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
"The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking..." Psalm 34:18
"And He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever..." Revelation 21:4
Jesus prayed to His Father that we would understand that God loves us as much as He loves His son... John 17:23
And Jesus said the Father's love for us was revealed in him.... John 17:26
"...For I am convinced that nothing can separate us from His love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels won't, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God's love away. ...-nothing will ever be able to
separate us from the love of God...Romans 8:38 -39
1 John 2:23
You are beloved of God and chosen by Him... Jude 1:1
God wants you to be His child... "all who trust Him (Jesus Christ) to save them are reborn" John 1:12-13
He is preparing a feast in your honor... Luke 15:11-32
~~Where was God?~~
I have had many people ask the question, "Where was God in all this horror?"
I was reminded of an interview with a Holocaust survivor that was asked the same question. Her response inspired the following words.
Where was God in all of this?
God was in the rescue workers who were running into the buildings as most people were running out.
God was in the flight attendant who called her husband as her plane was being hijacked to tell him that she loved him.
God was in the two men who carried a wheelchair-bound woman down 70 flights of stairs to safety.
God was in the people who stood bleeding,
in line to give blood.
God was in the strangers in cars,
picking up strangers stranded in the city
and taking them home to their families.
God is in the people who are begging to volunteer,
to do anything to help.
God is in the thousands, if not millions who are flooding blood banks thousands of miles away to help people they have never met.
God is in the people who are comforting someone even when they don't know what to say.
God is in the people who watched and cried for people who may remain anonymous in name,
but never in their sacrifice.
God is in my neighborhood where I see flags
waving from every home.
God is in the men and women, looking at 110 stories of rubble, and seeing the opportunity to find survivors.
God is with the heroes, most of whom will never be on the news, whose stories will only be told to their closet friends and family; but who saved someone's mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, husband, wife,
grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, cousin, lover, colleague, acquaintance, teacher, mentor or friend with a single act of kindness, compassion and bravery.
God was not in the hearts of the people
that caused these inhumane events, however,
God was indeed there,
where He was needed the most.
~ Author Unknown ~
Please, if you know who said this, email me so I may give proper credit. Thank you...
God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
(New Living Translation)
The poem below was written by my granddaughter, Kimberly.
I am very proud and honored to place it here.
Thank you Kim, I love you...
The towers are gone our fury is rising.
Some still hold onto hope for the loved ones missing
Hope is all some have knowing they might not make it.
While some lie trapped others, cannot take it.
We are all in mourning not just for those who have died.
But for our country we have cried.
Hope is all we have; waiting for war.
While some want it others are tore.
Kimberly Schmoll 2001
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