Patriot Day: Our Refuge of Peace
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” - Psalm 91:1-2
Today is Patriot Day, but many remember it as 9/11, the day terrorists attacked the United States of America, killing thousands of American men, women and children, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field. As people went about their normal morning routines, the evil acts of al-Qaeda were perpetrated upon America.
In the middle of great horror and grief, people flocked to the churches. They sought comfort and peace in the arms of the Almighty God. Sadly, many did not continue to seek the Lord. As the memory of the attack faded, so did their faith in God.
As we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and their families who survived without them, we must also remember the great evil that came to America. It is not a new evil and it has not passed. We cannot forget there are people who hate us simply because we are Americans.
Looking at the world around us and the threats we hear about every day, the only place we can seek peace and comfort is in the refuge and fortress of our Lord. We cannot control the evil actions of people; we can only seek to walk with the Lord, knowing in Him we are safe eternally. There are no guarantees in life, but in eternity, we have salvation through the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.
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