From An Adult
Point of View
Rage, sadness, terror, unsettledness,
doubt, fear; emotions that in some form or another we have all experienced
since September 11, 2001. Terrorists plan on that, devise their devious
crimes around our emotions of fear and uncertainty. They certainly hope
to destroy the heart, the soul, the spirit.
The Asheville congregation of
North Carolina came together this week; a more humbled and contrite
people. The American flag was presented, in ceremony, by one of our
members sons, who had just recently enlisted in the marine forces, and
was leaving to take his military weapons training at Camp Lajune.
We asked our Eternal Father to
be with us as we worshiped him. We sang songs of praise and songs to
remind us of his sovereignty. Songs that would remind us of why we were
here and of His desire to reconcile all peoples unto Himself through
God strengthened our faith as
we read His word aloud as a church family. Remembering that His Word
stands alone and that no evil can destroy the life that comes from them.
To bring to mind that through us He can comfort those who mourn and
offer beauty for the ashes.
We dedicated our service to prayer.
A heart-wrenching prayer of confession was given at our neglect in seeking
Him, as a nation and as His people. Intercession was given for the thousands
of families who are now without loved ones and the violent death they
endured. Our President and his officers were especially prayed for while
they weigh the heavy decisions that face this country. A grateful spirit
was lifted to heaven for those who sacrifice their own peace of mind
to work among the dead and the wreckage.
Finally, a poignant prayer was
spoken for those who would seek to do us harm, that would revel in this
heinous crime of terror. That God would turn their hearts to Him for
the sake of their own people and to forgive them.
A worship service unlike
any we have ever experienced was held realizing that now was the time
to throw ourselves at the mercy of an incredible and Holy God. A time
to reach out in love to those who hurt, who are confused and question
"Why?". We ask that God make us ready to give the answer for
the Hope that lies within us.