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              Tuesday, September 25 2001 

Responses

Since beginning the series on God's relationship with catastrophic events last Thursday I've had only two off-list replies. Mary Ann wrote on Thursday:

Your topic today stirred a note in me. I spoke to my Mom over the weekend about the incident. I had called her on Tuesday to let her know we were safe and find out about the family because when they said 85 miles Southwest of Pittsburgh, I knew where that last plane had gone down.

But to get back to what Mom and I talked about. She told me she believes (and I have to agree with her here) that there was "Divine Intervention" with that last plane. Whether God gave the passengers the strength to overcome the hijackers enough to prevent it from making DC or Camp David, or He helped to steer it to where it would not hurt anyone else, He had his hand in it. She told me she believes that after the third plane hit DC [the Pentagon], that so many people started praying for God's help, that He did hear the plea of His people.

I strongly concur, as yesterday's Inspirational corner also illustrated.

George and Nora Dilling wrote yesterday:

I think this could be used for most things when we ask WHY??? This sure puts it in prospective:

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayton asked her, "How could God let something like this happen?" Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe that God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are. But for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman that He is, I believe that He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and his protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

There's still time. Wise men still seek Him.

Anne Graham's description of God's "gentlemanliness" reminds me of C. S. Lewis' statement in The Great Divorce: "there are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'"

Do you have any still-troubling or prodding questions? What do you make of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's comments on the 700 Club, for which he has been widely villified (and for which he subsequently apologized)? (I've swung from intending to discuss this earlier, to deciding not to, to being persuaded to at least bring it up here and see if others have thoughts to express about it.) For a report on the remarks, click here (scroll down for Tod Lindberg's article). For Falwell's apology, click here.

Another difficult question...a correspondent in an email group I'm on said on Monday that America's resolve to side with the nation of Israel in every situation may be leading us into the same condition Israel has been facing since the nation's creation by the United Nations in 1948: being in constant warfare. That, too, is up for discussion, along with anything said in the three Jonal entries headed "Where is God?" (To review, click here for the first, second, third.)

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Husbands, wives

At a party, one woman said to another, "Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?"

The other replied "Yes, I am, I married the wrong man."

—Anonymous

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Things human must be known to be loved; things divine must be loved to be known.

—Blaise Pascal

Sent by Carole Leninson Stuart

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