Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What A Difference A Day Makes

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

11th September 2011

This September 11th is the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

The first plane that hit the World Trade Towers, Flight 11, immediately killed 92 people on board that flight. Flight 175 that hit the second tower a few minutes later killed 65 people on board.

In the towers themselves, over 2,500 people perished when the towers fell, including those who worked there, visited there, and those who entered to save them.

Flight 77 carried 64 people when it hit the Pentagon within an hour after the first attack. Inside the Pentagon 125 people died in addition to these 64.

Flight 93 with 45 people aboard turned around over Pennsylvania and was headed . . . where?

The White House? The Congress?

It seems that passengers wrestled control from the hijackers and the plane crashed with no survivors near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. All 45 people died.

The number of people who died in these terrorist events was around 3,000.

The numbers sound too calculating, too cold; For these were real people with famlies, friends and relationships.

So as we think about these terrorist attrocities again this year let’s reflect on a poem dedicated to 9/11:

The God of Love

As we think of the lives that are lost
Regarded as nothing at all
The heartache and agony of those that are left
The devastation of the fall

The children left without a Mum
To embrace them when they cry
The many alone without a daddy
To tuck them in bed at night

The parents also left to grieve
For the children they have lost
Husbands and wives also weep
Paying an unbelievable cost

There is hope, a glimpse of light
Amidst these darkened days
Our Lord Jesus who loves us so much
And hears when we kneel to pray

He can bring healing to the hurting heart
And comfort to those who weep
He is the strength that we can receive
For His love is ever so deep

Still we’re left wondering how this happened
And why all this needless grief
So many questions remain unanswered
We just need to have faith and believe

That our loving God is still in control
Though the remnants of terror remain
The broken lives and shattered dreams
The unspoken anguish and pain

He knows full well how we are feeling
He identifies grief with us
We can be sure that He loves us so
For He is a God of love.

© 2001-By M.S.Lowndes

Have a good week remembering those families who still bear the scars of their experience and please pray that the God of love will provide comfort.

Pastor Barry

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