11th September 2012

The Other Side Of The Coin

“Jesus burst into tears.”
John 11: 35 (Moffatt Translation) 

As I wrote this, it was the day before the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  Coincidently, I was in New York three months after the planes hit the Twin Towers and as I made my pilgrimage to that spot I did so with much trepidation. Bodies of the victims were still being carried out at that time and as I stood there at that terrible spot I felt the pain, I felt the sense of loss and experienced vicariously the great physical and emotional wound that this big, brash, bustling city had sustained. All the visitors who stood together in shocked silence with tears brimming in their eyes were making a statement to all New Yorkers—“Someone cares!” 

At that time, the hundreds of people who ventured to Lower Manhattan every day left flowers, flags, lighted candles, poems, tee shirts, photos and messages; all along the front of St. Paul’s church; for and about people they didn’t even know. The light of love shone brightly in that dark place, tears were shed, and prayers were offered up like incense for all those who had suffered loss. Gentleness and compassion became beacons that lit up and warmed that cold place in December 2001 and the darkness was dispelled, hatred and evil found no resting place there in that circle of bright light! That day, as the smoke still rose into the cold grey skies over Ground Zero, people gave their hearts and their fervent love to others and wept with them and for them. That is the other side of the coin. 

This wounded city was once again bleeding as it remembered that awful, cruel and heartless day, a day that brought fear and terror to many hearts and branded the people of New York with a date that will not be soon forgotten. But as we know, there is coming another day when fear, terror, war, death, suffering and pain will take a back seat—forever!  As it says in Revelation 21:4 (NKJV), “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”

God speed that time—amen! 

Father, as we remember the people of New York at this sad time we ask you to pour out upon them great comfort and your amazing peace that passes all understanding. And even as the tears flow, may they come to see in some way the dawning of a new age and smile.

Study by Cliff Neill

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