Psalm 34:15-18 (New International Version)
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Proverbs 14:32 (New Century Version)
32 The wicked are ruined by their own evil,
but those who do right are protected even in death.
Matthew 5:4 (New International Version)
4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (New International Version)
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
Revelation 21:1-4 (New International Version)
1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Today marks 9 years since terrorist attackers flew airliners into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania. Although I cannot understand what would lead people to kill in the name of a religion, I will not dwell on the politics of this fanatical horror that has led to thousands upon thousands of deaths over the many centuries, and continues even today.
Today we need to remember the painful loss of our fellow citizens on that day. We remember those who willingly gave up their lives to save the countless lives of many in the rescue efforts.Today we also need to remember the sacrifices of our countrymen to extend comfort to those who have lost loved ones in the wars that have been waged as a result of this tragic event. We also remember those that have been lost from illnesses contracted in the subsequent clean up over these difficult years.
Our lives and the lives of everyone the world over have been changed since that day. An innocence has been lost and things will never be the same. In remembrance and despite the grief, we need to know that God is always constant, offering confort to those who grieve. Let us seek His comfort in the His words above. Let us hold on to the promises and hope that He offers to us. Let us look to Jesus as a precursor of what is to come. Hold on to this truth, and be encouraged. God will one day soon make all things new.