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Sunday, September 16 2001

Wake-up call

Like much of the rest of our nation, Pat and I spent time Friday watching and listening to the religious service in which most of our political leaders attended and even participated. This morning, at the breakfast table, Pat turned to me and asked the rhetorical question, "Isn't it ironic that we (our nation) have taken prayer out of our schools and many are clamoring to remove God from our lives and now in a time of crisis, everyone is looking to God for help?"

Even though I knew she didn't expect me to have an answer, I tried to give one. I pointed out to her the entry posted by George Dilling this past week, then pointed out the wavering religious history of first the Jews, then the Christians. When times are good, we get caught up in our own self-sufficiency. When times of trial come, such as natural and man-caused disasters, we begin to realize how fragile we are. During those times, at least, we have the sense to look for help from above.

If this tragedy is, as Rev. Dilling suggests, a wake-up call from God, I hope our nation doesn't hang up before hearing the entire message.



Dear Heavenly Father,

We are moved by the alarming news and crisis that our country is facing. This, the nation founded in the belief that "In God We Trust" and as the land of the free. Please have mercy on those suffering, hurting, and in fear, and give wisdom & strength to those who are assisting.

May the forces of evil be broken by your power and may we humble ourselves before thee, our Strength and Refuge. Give wisdom to all our President and our other leaders and bring your comforting peace through the power of your Holy Spirit.

Help us here to reach to those that have been affected by this tragedy. In the name of our Lord and Savior,Christ Jesus, AMEN

Sent by Mike Harrison
Photo sent by Julie Masterson

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