Ten years ago, I was serving at Bethany Church in Staten Island and was faced with one of the greatest challenges of my life and ministry. What began as a normal day would soon turn into a horrific historic event. What we faced as a congregation was like nothing before or anything since. Our hearts were filled with fear of what would follow and worry for loved ones not yet found. By evening, our church was filled with people seeking shelter from the pain and fear they were experiencing and hoping to find God’s protection.
As the evening past God’s Word gave us strength and brought us hope. As we heard the Psalms our hearts began to rest and with Jesus’ invitation we could find peace for our souls.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
It’s now been ten years since that event and many this Sunday will gather together at various locations to remember 9/11 and those who were lost. What I will remember is a church full of scared people turning to an all powerful and almighty God who would never leave us or forsake us. Who would take our fears and give us His peace and allow us to find shelter under His wings. I think many have forgotten that part but I haven’t. Our Lord has always been and always will be faithful to His people.
So I ask that this Sunday as you remember the events of 9/11 you would include remembering how our Lord faithfully got us through it. To God Be The Glory for the Great Things He Has Done.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Tony Karlik