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After the Attack
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, my wife met me at the door with a stricken look on her face. Panic gripped my emotions when, hardly able to speak, Alicia asked, “Tommy, did you ...

Tommy Neiman, Author of Sirens for the Cross; EMS Training Officer – St. Lucie County, FL; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Regional Director / International Board Member

AFTER THE ATTACK

I urge you to continue to pray

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, my wife met me at the door with a stricken look on her face. Panic gripped my emotions when, hardly able to speak, Alicia asked, “Tommy, did you hear what happened?” Trembling she said, “The Twin Towers in New York City, they’re on the ground! Planes hit them. A plane also hit the Pentagon. Another, possibly targeting the White House, crashed to the ground. I can’t believe this.”

Neither could I as I stayed glued to the news and wondered what part God would allow me to play in this world-changing event. Would it be as a rescuer, chaplain, pastor, or what? What could I do? Obviously, the first thing was to pray! And pray I did, along with millions of Christians around the country. But would there be more for me to do?

“For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:5–7)

The days went by and my prayers continued until a call came from the president of the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters, Gaius Reynolds. He was in New York City. They needed more chaplains to present ceremonial urns and flags to the victims’ families.

Wasting no time, I arrived the next day. After a Blue and White Service to honor first responders, our group of chaplains headed to Liberty Island to honor the victims’ families. From young children to mature seniors, each touched my heart. Family groups wore pins or screen-print photos of their lost loved ones. The victims were not impersonal names in the paper—they were cherished loved ones. As each family came forward, I experienced sadness and a powerful desire to comfort them. So deep was their loss, many had to be held up as they received their urn. I prayed they knew the only lasing comfort comes from Jesus. In the forefront of my mind was the realization that a life without Jesus is a life without promise, hope, or healing.

I only had a little over a minute with each family, but my prayers will always be with them.

As another year passes since that tragic day, September 11, 2001, I urge you to pray for the families affected directly and indirectly by that attack of terror. Pray that, if they don’t know the saving love of Jesus, they will turn to Jesus to deal with whatever emptiness, meaninglessness, lack of hope, or pain they continue to harbor in their lives.

Prayer:

May you continue to heal those lives forever changed in September 2001. If they don’t know you, Lord, may they come to a saving knowledge of life as a child of God.

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