The Lord is my light and the one who saves me. So why should I fear anyone? The Lord protects my life. So why should I be afraid? Evil people may try to destroy my body. My enemies and those who hate me attack me, but they are overwhelmed and defeated. If an army surrounds me, I will not be afraid. If war breaks out, I will trust the Lord. Psalm 27:1-3 (NCV)
It’s about 6:30 in the morning and the phone rings, waking me up. I reach over and pick it up.
“Mom, turn on the TV.”
I’m suddenly catapulted into a very scary movie, only it’s not a movie…it’s an attack on my country by evil men who want to destroy everything I believe in.
I watch in horror, barely moving or breathing, as the unthinkable happens and the buildings collapse. People run, smothering dust plumes roll and fill up the area, bits of paper stream down like a ticker tape parade. Screams, sirens, anguish fill the screen. God, where are you?
It all seems like yesterday but tomorrow is a day of remembrance — where we were and what we were doing 10 years ago when our world tilted. We remember those loved ones that perished in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC.
Life has changed in ways that my granddaughters will never know but the terrorists only strengthened our resolve. This country was founded by men and women seeking freedom from the tyranny of religious oppression. Today, we continue to be the object of jihad by people who hate our faith in God. It wasn’t easy then and it continues to be a fight, as 9/11 reminds us.
The verses in Psalms ask the same questions that I have. I don’t know why horrible things happen but I do know Jesus who promises to be my light and protector. I will trust in Him.