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Re: this infamous day


Date: Tue Sep 11 2001 - 22:42:20 PDT

To all:
This is possibly the saddest day I have known in my 54 years. I thought
JFK's being shot had been the saddest day up until now, but today is the
hardest day I have ever known...I have watched, as millions other have, the
horror that has unfolded before us, while we sat or stood stunned in
disbelief...I had been in the those buildings...I had gazed at all of New
York sparkling like a diamond from the top of the World Trade Center...I
still remember the feelings of amazement of wondering what it was like to
live in this little enclosed city...much larger than many of us grew up
in...we went there to TKTS to buy tickets for Broadway shows...there was even
a K-mart down on the bottom floor

I don't know what it means. I, too, railed in horror and anger as I watched
the Palestinians laugh and make statements about how they wished more had
died...and I remembered something I had studied several years ago...from
Romans 5:6-8...

It says, "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous
man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God
demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ
died for us."

I don't understand all the things that have taken place today...and yes, that
they occurred to people who were just going about their everyday tasks of
living, makes me angry and sad... and sadder that their lives were abruptly
ended through no real choice of their own...except for the few loons who flew
the planes...
but remembering this verse made me think about the state I was in when Christ
gave his all-in-all for me...I was the enemy...I belonged in Satan's camp and
I was powerless to change any of it...yet God loved me enough to redeem me
through the shedding of the blood of one who was entirely innocent and
without sin...who in all of creation (even though he himself had been
creator) had was the only one who had a right to such a relationship...

My grief is just as great... my relief that those few whom I knew who lived
in NYC are awe at the stories told me today by those who woke up
"late' and arrived 'late' for work at the World Trade Center, thereby causing
them not to be in that place at that time is just as great...but my depth of
appreciation over what God through his son, Jesus Christ did for me at
Calvary...grew to a new level today.
God grant us grace and wisdom in the days ahead...pray for swift justice for
those who have committed this heinous crime...and grant us eyes to see what
Christ has done....Susan