September 11 is a day when Americans remember how our lives changed after the tragic and senseless murder of so many people in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville. Horror is how I describe what we felt as watched in my study, my wife’s calling the school to pick up the boys early, and the steady stream of people who came to the sanctuary to mourn and pray. That night every seat was taken as our community gathered to pray at Woodland.
The battle against terrorism still rages. Yet, not enough attention is paid to this war being fought by volunteers, because so few do so much. Today a young man visited with me to ask for prayer because he is of age now to go and serve. “I don’t want to kill anybody, I just want to do my part to protect and serve.”
Michael Cromartie died of cancer last week at 67. If you don’t know the name, then maybe you don’t feel the loss. In less than five minutes you’ll agree he was an indispensable man by reading this article. https://goo.gl/C1Dzkr
Legos the favorite toy of my sons and my daughter enjoyed them as well, is struggling. Those blocks build creativity and dreams. I hope they recover. https://goo.gl/kJ1tyk
One of the highlights of my week was meeting with new missionary candidates. One couple is engaged to be married in the Spring after he graduates from college. The youthfulness and vision of young couples who want to serve God, serve others and share the Good News of Jesus Christ are always inspiring and gives me so much hope for the future.
Last week, I heard Irene Miller, a Holocaust survivor speak. It was painful to look at the sweet photographs of her as a beautiful child and listen to her painful story. She has written a book, Into No Man’s Land, about her experiences. We must never forget. However, she has made significant contributions to our community. This is a quote from her book. “Only in a world in which all minorities are respected can we, as Jews, have our rights safeguarded.” (Miller, Irene. Into No Man’s Land (Kindle Locations 4758-4759). University of Michigan-Dearborn. Kindle Edition.)
Finally, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the Bible says about the Second Coming of Jesus. Sunday morning, my message was about the Rapture. Tomorrow I will share a few thoughts on the subject. For now, though I’ll close with Maranatha (O Lord Come!).