We approach the date delicately and perhaps with some trepidation and yet, there is no avoiding the memories and the passage of yet one more year since the 2001 terrorist attacks on the USA. God has always been the refuge and strength of those who sought Him. And so, we remember, honor, pay tribute – NEVER FORGET – and we pray:
Heavenly Father, how majestic is Your name in all the earth. You are sovereign and superior and Your ways are beyond our understanding. We can grasp the concept of heaven and the beautiful future You have for us there united with the angels and all those who have gone before in Your intimate presence, but we grapple with why there must be evil here while we live in the body.
You are the Creator. You could have caused it to be differently than it is, but You did not. Perhaps it is less that we don’t understand (because logically it is to be understood that You wanted us to have a clear choice between You as Lord and an anti-thesis), but on the other hand, why does evil have to seemingly win so many times? Even Your Son was murdered on the cross. Why did You make it so this was the way it had to be?
Our hearts ache for all the murders, killings, evil thoughts and evil words which are uttered one human being against another. Yet for all our good intentions, each of us is imperfect both in our understanding of Your mysterious, superior Way and our inability to love. You are perfect love. How much more must the evil which continues to rear its head cause You sorrow?
Because You are God, we lay down our inability to have it the way we want, and choose to trust that as God, You do have a plan, especially during times like now when we consciously choose to remember the atrocities which were perpetrated against people in our country on September 11, 2001.
God, we need Your love. God, we need Your strength. God, we need You hovering over us that we might never be attacked in such a way again. God, we need Your plan for our nation. We understand we can do nothing without You. Lead us; guide us; comfort us. Visit each person in our government and help them to udnerstand You reign and that dependence upon You is blessing.
Be with every person in our military – those who serve and have served – and their families. Give them supernatural strategy, strength, wisdom and ability to execute Your plans on the battlefields. Protect their minds as well as their bodies with Your supernatural strength and healing power. Where therealready has been injury – we ask for healing. They sacrifice and pay the price daily that we might live in freedom. We appreciate them so much, yet we cannot protect them – only You can. So we are asking You to fulfill Your promises and do the work. You are also Comforter. Continue to wrap Your loving arms around and sustain all the families and friends of those who were murdered on September 11th, those who died trying to save others, and those who have given their lives in the War on Terror since.
Give us Your strategy, healing and love moving forward. We are nothing without You, but with You all things are possible. In the pain of our memories, we also remember and rely on Your promises – that in light of eternity, You will use ALL things for good. And what the enemy meant for evil in Your supreme way You will ultimately use for good.
We are so thankful that You are. We are so thankful that in all things You will show Yourself victorious. We are so thankful for Your love, concern and care in all our circumstances. We can be at rest in our souls because we know You are!
God, please bless America again. We know who You are and we bow to You!
In Jesus’ name, Amen
by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.