October 5, 2001
It started as a whisper in a Florida classroom on September 11, 2001. A
presidential aid quietly relayed a message to President Bush that the
inevitable had happened--a plane had hit the World Trade Center in Manhattan
and the tower was now in flames.
As the children watched, the President's
became serious and reflective. For them this was a remarkable day, a day
had waited in anticipation to see, this, their President, sharing with them
values of citizenship. A special day, 9-1-1, September 11, 2001. But that
whisper, what was it all about?
Students often engage in whispers. I know. I have been there. And whispers
be good or evil. The whisper the President heard was disturbing. The Prime
Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, heard this whisper soon afterward and
it evil. As people of the world, we saw this whisper unleash itself on our
television screens; we were mesmerized by the heinous acts of sinister
and terrorism showing violence too often portrayed in R-rated movies.
Over the course of a week, that whisper has been shared by billions of
throughout this wide earth. And we have changed because of it. Strangers are
weeping with strangers, neighbors praying with neighbors. We have become a
valley filled with weeping and praying.
Peter Jennings, anchor for ABC News,
said "Prayer...is becoming the fabric of life in America." Prayer vigils in
thousands of cities, in capitals of countless countries, in streets and
hospitals are soothing the soul of our land.
In his address to the nation
Tuesday night President Bush quoted, "Though we walk through the valley of
shadow of death, we will fear no evil, for You are with us."
That is the
Bible's promise--we are not alone, for the Living God is with us and has not
forsaken His people. It is now time for all of us to give our hearts and
to the Lord and pray that He will change the hearts of all men and women.
A suggested prayer:
"Our heavenly Father,
Our spirits are robbed as we are overwhelmed with the
frightening whispers on that fateful Tuesday. We saw the terrible acts of
violence as towers crashed down as child's toys. We do not understand. Our
is '9-1-1. Help!' Yet, we are reminded of the whispers of Mary to Elisabeth
thousand years ago: she was pregnant and was going to have the Baby Jesus,
Christ Child. He would live but also die a cruel and senseless death. Yet,
rose again and changed the world forever. Lord Jesus, come and change my
my world, our world, so that we can all make a difference for You. Show us
it means to be a Christian citizen. Yes, Lord Jesus, we wait in anticipation
For your arrival. Please come quickly.
Contributed by George Prins.