Devotion: Remembering 9/11

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.

911cross Devotion: Remembering 9/11“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

 Devotion: Remembering 9/11

Here is What Our Readers Have Shared:

  1. Lisa, we in Canada have been remembering the 9/11 tragedy along with Americans today, on the media, in official ceremonies and in our churches, homes, and personally. Also for some time before this actual 10th anniversary. We too lost some of our own citizens at Ground Zero.

    But, speaking for myself and probably the majority of my fellow Canadians, we’d have stood with you even if we hadn’t lost these folks.

    Our prime minister, Stephen Harper, was in New York at the British Garden at Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan, to take part in a ceremony to honour the victims of Commonwealth countries who lost their lives in the terrorist attack.

    We are also proud of our Gander, Newfoundland citizens who cared for 6,600 passengers and crew members from planes diverted from American air space on the fateful day. You may enjoy reading this “love story” that began there 10 years ago. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1052255–canadian-9-11-victims-honoured-at-new-york-park?bn=1

    My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones as well as those who suffer from chronic illness, etc. that were the result of that attack. My prayer is for them to look to a sovereign, loving God Who doesn’t have to explain His perfect ways to us in detail. He still “has the whole world in His hands” and longs for each person He so carefully created to accept His forgiveness and gift of salvation through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

  2. I’m sorry: the news item I gave a link to belongs with the paragraph before. Here’s the one about the “love story”: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/chaos-army-cots-and-an-unlikely-love-story-a-bright-spot-in-9-11-aftermath-129614128.html

  3. I too remember the very minute I first heard about and then saw the images from 9-11. The whole week found me glued to the TV. Almost anyone I know can tell me exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment they became aware of this incredible attack. I would liken it to Pearl Harbor, I think. I wasn’t even born then, but it gives me an idea of how shocked the nation was. And can compare it to how shocked we were on 9-11. Only we didn’t have an enemy on whom we could retaliate. And the whole nation suffers for this.

    On the day of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, our president exhorted the nation to seek God. On 9-ll our president honored God’s protection over America. Ten years later, not even the news casters want to use the term “God” in case they might “offend” someone. Well I’m offended that my nation doesn’t turn from its sinful ways and beseech God to bring our nation back to seeking Him when we meet crises.

    9-11 scarred all who lived through it, either in real-time or on TV. All America was at ground zero. And she needs our prayers desparately!

  4. Jonnie: Your comments speak of the greater tragedy. The culture of both of our countries (and others) is becoming more and more humanistic and against the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Those of us who belong to Him must pray harder than ever and do what He leads us to do to bring people to Him.

    On a more positive note, I just finished reading a Sunday School paper that came out for 9/11/11. In it is the amazing story of how God has used a survivor, Sujo John to spread the good news. He and his wife both worked at the World Trade Centre, but that day her E-Train was delayed. As she came out of the subway at 8:50 p.m., she saw the North Tower, where her husband worked, in flames, and thought he must have died. I’m sure God has used this terrible attack to accomplish His will, and will continue to.

    Thanks for posting these comments.

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