Note from Lisa: This is the devotional I wrote September 13, 2001. Over the next few days when we are inundated with stories and images of September 11, 2001, we are reminded to “not forget.” At the same time, it’s not the most pleasant memories to relive. But regardless of if you watch the TV specials, take time to spend in prayer this week and lift it all up to the Lord, especially the thousands who still suffer daily with coughs, cancers, post traumatic stress disorder, and many other chronic conditions, especially grief.
“They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!'” (Revelation 18:19)
I went outside and got a small step stool and said a prayer that I could climb it a few steps. I could. I reached up and took my flag out of the flag holder and lowered it to be horizontal. Half mast. It was something. It wasn’t much, but as my fingers grasped the pole and televisions blared the most recent news from the neighbor’s homes, it felt like I was doing something.
Like many of you, it was hard to separate from the television, as I watched in horror, anger and disbelief. I heard, and also received news from some of you, about the disabled people who were trapped and unable to make it down the stairs. I gasped as one witness said that intercoms of the WTC building not yet hit announced the ‘safety to return to work..’ ..and people did. They left the stairway and took elevators back up to their offices! How did work become so vital?
I heard the videotapes–of people crying out, “Oh my God!” and “Oh, Jesus!” Many of these people meant it as a sign of shock and “curse” and yet. . . I believe God places that need for Him in each of our souls and when we see the most horrific, life-altering event, as these people did, it is in our soul to cry out to our Father. Even when we don’t even realize we are doing so. Looking at the date which will go down in history, my husband’s 36th birthday, the 9-11, we will remember this as the day that our nation needed to cry out 911 to God.
Many of us cannot give blood. We do not have dollars we are able to afford to send. But we can give prayer. Prayer is not a “last resort.” Prayer is what our country needs right now more than anything else. Our nation, the United States of America, is who it is not because of our might and our power, but because God has blessed America. “… it was not by their sword that they won the lan, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” (Psalm 44:3)
Thank you to the many of you from around the world that have written with encouragement and prayer. I have received emails from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India and more. Your prayers are so very appreciated on behalf of us USA Rest Ministries members.
My prayers are with you all, as you have loved ones in the military, in the areas affected, and hearts of gold.
God bless, Lisa Copen