Monday, September 12, 2011

Seeking Refuge

Over the past weekend, our hearts & minds have gone back to the tragic events of 9-11-01. We relived our own lives & feelings as we watched the documentaries, the tributes & the miscellaneous footage that was shown on TV & over the internet. Personally, my heart broke all over again for what those at ground zero went through & the lives that were lost. Some of the footage that i saw yesterday, i hadn't seen before & i  was awed once again by this tragedy.

When we think about 9-11-01, i hope we also remember, how our country came together, not only patriotically, but more importantly, spiritually. Churches opened their doors for those who wanted to gather & pray. Public prayer was accepted & praised.  People sought refuge with their prayers. "Refuge" is defined as "Something or someone turned to for safety or assistance". 

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge & my fortress
my God, in whom I trust.' "
Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)

Ten years ago, there were so many flags on display throughout the country. Some were poster type prints that newspapers distributed. Many of those had the words "In God We Trust" printed on them also. No one seemed to complain. Or if they did, they didn't do it very loudly. Personally, i think it was God working to soften & open some hearts. And i'm sure that He succeeded. Yesterday, i proudly displayed our flag. I'm proud & thankful to be living in "One Nation Under God".

As a nation, & individually, we need to continue to seek refuge with our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. Not just when we think we need Him - because we need Him 24/7. We don't know what may happen tomorrow. We didn't know on 9-10-01 what would happen on 9-11-01. We don't know, from second to second, what our future holds. But i know who holds our future.

"God is our refuge & strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
Though its waters roar & foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Be still, & know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations
I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:1-3,10 (NIV)


  1. Amen to that. Wouldn't it be nice if we could come to that place again, as a nation, and NOT need a tragedy to do it! One Nation, under GOD! And proud to be an American.
    Thanks for your inspirational post!

  2. That was my thoughts exactly when i wrote this. =) Thanks! <><