With many of the changes that have occurred since the attacks of September 11th, this is to let everyone know...we...as a UNITED NATION, has not been defeated.
UNDER ONE RULE
By: Stephen B Grant
Our Father, Who Art In Heaven…Hallowed be Thy Name
Many seek answers to a question no one knows. Yet, we ask constantly, “Where were you GOD?” on that fatal and most horrific day in American ‘New’ History of the 21st Century, September 11, 2001. This day not only changed the lives of Americans, but the lives of many Allied Nations as well. It changed the way we view our own American counterparts from other countries. It changed the way we now go about our routinely daily lives. It changed the way we sleep at night. It changed the way we eat. It changed the way we shop, where we shop, and from whom we shop. If there is ONE person whose life, in someway, has not been altered by the events of September 11, 2001, please step forward and be counted…alone.
What in the eyes of us all will NORMAL now become? Will our normal now become what our ROUTINELY should have been all along? Unfortunately, those life ‘cushions’ that we have taken for granted for so long…must now be compromised. The simple task of going to the airports for a vacationing flight, must now be an hour or two longer an ordeal than before. Sheltering ourselves from the elements of nature when going to a ballpark or stadium has become more difficult now that certain items are no longer permitted in these arenas.
So, what does this mean? Did the evils of terrorism win? I believe in a very small, very miniscule, very minute form…YES. In addition, when asked, “Where is GOD?” I answer God is here. God is within every soul that feels the pain and anguish of this country. God is among us in the solidarity of this nation as it resolves strengthens. God is in the hands and hearts of each person, relentlessly digging through debris in search of survivors. God is the pillar of their internal fortitude, which keep them going day after day after day. God is there helping our modern day HEROES to rebuild their lives and to stand strong in the wake of yet, another day without someone they love, someone they may have met along the way, and even for those they never even knew. God is there as we look around in our own cities and neighborhoods as we see countless number of individuals pouring out of their hearts and pockets, whatever they can to help those fallen from this sense of madness.
God is just and we must continue to believe and have faith that justice will be served. And in the words of my Lord and Savior, we find:
Proverbs 19: 19-21…”A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. “There are many devices in a man’s heart: nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.”
Exodus 21: 23-25…”And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, “Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”
Proverbs 4:18-19…”But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”
Exodus 21: 12…”He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.”
Revelation 1:8…”I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
We are a nation in mourning. We are a country that grieves. We are a people that unite as a family when an outside force interferes within our home. We are under one rule with varied believes and values. It is this country’s diversity that makes us who we are and as strong as we are.
Did terrorism ultimately win anything? I answer not no, but HELL NO!
The United States of America became just as its’ name infers…United. Let us just continue to remain aware and band together as one. The cloud maybe clearing, but the storm is not necessarily over.