Yesterday was September the 11th. As I sit back and reflect the day, I find it hard to believe it has been fifteen years since the day that changed our nation. 9.11.2001. The day the Twin Towers fell. The day our nation fell to the hands of terrorism. But only temporarily. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Yesterday was Sunday. The Sabbath. A day of worship.Many of us in churches across the nation bowed our heads in silence. In prayer. In remembrance. For those in our nation that were heroes. That gave their lives for our country. They will never be forgotten.
For those of us living in Tulsa, we have our own remembrance. Did you know that Tulsa’s own Bank of Oklahoma Tower was designed by Twin Towers architect, Minoru Yamasaki? It was built in 1976. Yamasaki erected the Twin Towers model at half the scale: 52 stories and 667 feet tall, to the Twin Towers’ 110 floors and 1,362 and 1,368 feet. In a 2008 issue of The Believer magazine, the building was referred to as “The Lost Twin.”
Now it stands tall as a reminder to all of that horrific day. The Twin Towers themselves may have been lost, but our country’s patriotism, strength, and unity was found. And fifteen years later I encourage each of us to rekindle that flame of patriotism within us. It appears across the nation we hear grumbling in regard to our upcoming presidential election. Let’s find within the respect for our country, our leaders, one nation under God, as God’s word instructs us.
Let’s always remember. Let’s always stand tall. Let’s keep on praying for God’s hand to hold up our nation against terrorism and against anything that comes from within to destroy the unity, the democracy, the God fearing country that we stand.
13 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. Romans 13:1-5
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