Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is Christ Jesus our Lord.
For as long as I can remember, Romans 8:38-39 has been my favorite verse in the Bible. When I was a young believer I memorized it. It’s a verse of hope and a promise of the unconditional love God. Nothing can change His love for me, or take it away.
As the anniversary of 9/11 approached and I watched the tv clips of the horrific acts of that day, my soul once again filled with grief and sadness. That day changed our world…forever. But thankfully our Creator never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. A truth I can hold fast to.
While watching some of the remembrances on television, I recalled that I had a CD that had been made shortly after 9/11 2001. On it were excerpts of the speech President George W. Bush made at the Episcopal National Cathedral on September 14, 2001. I rummaged through my CD’s, located it, then popped it into my Bose to check it out. As I listened , the tears started rolling down my cheeks. My heart was full with love and patriotism for this country as I listened again to the words I remembered hearing September 14th, ten years ago. President Bush also knew God’s promise of unchanging love in an ever changing world. . Allow me to share.
We are here in the middle hour of our grief. So many have suffered so great a loss, and today we express our nation’s sorrow. We come before God to pray for the missing and the dead and for those who loved them.
…..our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.
War has been waged against us with stealth and deceit and murder.
This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others; it will end in a way and in an hour of our choosing.
America is a nation of good fortune, with so much to be grateful for, but we are not spared from suffering. In every generation, the world has produced enemies of human freedom. They attacked America because we are freedom’s home and defender, and the commitment of our fathers is now the calling of our time.
As we’ve been assured, neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come not height nor depth can separate us from God’s love.
May He bless the souls of the departed. May He comfort our own. And may He always guide our country.
God bless America