Horror and Victory
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Will we ever forget the horror? I won't. I was at a prayer meeting when I heard that a plane hit one of the World Trade Center towers. I initially thought it was a Cessna or other small plane. Little did I know at the time that the plane was a 737.
For the rest of the day, we watched as the first of the Two Towers burned, the second plane hitting the second tower, and then the eventual collapse of both.
God says through David in Psalm 55:1-5,
Listen, O God, to my prayer! Do not ignore my appeal for mercy! Pay attention to me and answer me. I am so upset and distressed, I am beside myself because of what the enemy says, and because of how the wicked pressure me, for they hurl trouble down upon me and angrily attack me. My heart beats violently within me; the horrors of death overpower me; terror overwhelms me.
It was a very difficult time for the United States and even for the Church. We tried to make some kind of sense of senselessness. All we, the Church, could come to was the grace and mercy of God.
Our enemies tried to destroy the financial center of the United States, and potentially the world. It didn't happen. In spite of horror and terror, anger and fear, we have rebounded. We now have the Freedom Tower.
The Freedom Tower stands in the place of the former towers reminding our country that we will persevere and we will come back. It stands for victory.
We also have two other symbols as Christians that stand for victory. The first is the cross of Jesus. Jesus died on an instrument originally design to humiliate and to curse. It now stands and a symbol of forgiveness and peace with God.
The second symbol is the empty tomb. Jesus sanctified the graves of all who believe because of His being laid in a tomb. The victory is in His resurrection. That is why the tomb is empty. He is not here. He is risen! And David continues to share from God the victory starting in verse 16 of Psalm 55.
As for me, I will call out to God, and the LORD will deliver me. During the evening, morning, and noontime, I will lament and moan, and He will hear me. He will rescue me and protect me from those who attack me, even though they greatly outnumber me. ... Throw your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you. He will never allow the godly to be upended. But You, O God, will bring them down to the deep Pit. Violent and deceitful people will not live eve half a normal lifespan. But as for me, I trust in You.
Trust in the Lord God, lean on Him through the horrors of life. And He will give to you the victory of life in Jesus Christ.
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Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.