"As affecting as is the image of terrorists crashing into buildings in an effort to take as many lives as possible, the image of firemen rushing into those same buildings in an effort to save as many lives as possible is more affecting still. The worst that evil can do is no match for the best that love can do.Thankful, praying, remembering. When I was a young school girl in Pittsburgh, I remember the fear we had of the communists, of atomic bombs, and how our teacher instructed us to tuck under our desks (as if our desks would've saved us...). We thought they would, I guess, and so we climbed underneath and then played kickball after lunch. We were kids.
The horrors of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington transfixed the nation—and ultimately changed the nation. But the stories of rescue workers, co-workers, family members, friends, and strangers were even more arresting—and in the end, changed us more. Who could ever forget the poignant sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives while helping to save others? Or those who ignored their own exhaustion, hunger, and safety to continue their desperate search for survivors? Or those who searched the hospitals, the shelters, and the police stations for some word of their brothers, mothers, neighbors, or friends? Or any of the other evidences of love that suddenly transformed New York City and Washington D.C. emblems of enduring faith and courage? Or any of the demonstrations of compassion, generosity, sympathy, and charity from across the entire nation in the weeks and months afterward?
Evil intended to deal a death blow to our national spirit. But love was a healing balm because it always “bears all things and endures all things.” Evil intended to destroy life and smother hope. But love was enlivening and invigorating because it always “abides in hope.” Evil intended to crush freedom under the rubble of tragedy and despair. But love was able to triumph even in this because it always “covers a multitude of sins."
We must never lose sight of the fact that evil is a very present reality in this poor fallen world. But we must never lose heart. Love remains. And love prevails. Love is the greatest force in the world."
~from Love: A Manifesto of Optimism published yesterday on Grantian Florilegium, the blog of Dr. George Grant (and I encourage you to read the rest here!)
Fast forward to today. We live in scary times. What started 13 years ago today continues. But in reality, it's been going on for much longer than just the past 13 years.
And as I sip coffee and type, a warm breeze blows outside my office window. I can hear the delightful sounds of our piano as AnnaLynn's fingers dance over the keys. Daniel is in the garden picking a late crop of raspberries and green beans. Dan is somewhere in the county curing someone's electrical woe.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ~2 Timothy 1:7The Lord God is in Heaven. In fact, He sits in the heavens and laughs (Psalm 2)!
And as Dr. Grant so eloquently reminds us, love prevails. :)
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