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On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 (which happened to be my birthday), the fragile peace and mind of the greatest nation that has ever existed on the face of the earth was shattered as 3 jetliners crashed into 3 separate buildings, the Twin Trade Towers in New York which stood 110 stories each, and the five-sided Pentagon at Washington, D.C.; and a 4th  jetliner crashed short of its destination in Pennsylvania.

This extreme terrorist  activity against our nation and people left mental devastation, not just on the victims and the families, but upon the soul of our nation. Is there any place that's really safe anymore?

We used to think that our homes were safe, but we've become more and more aware that our homes are no longer safe. We used to think that our workplaces were safe, but workplace violence is at an all-time high. We used to think our schools were safe, but school shootings and other violence has shattered that illusion. We used to think our churches were safe, but in September, 1999, Larry Ashbrook walked into a church in  Texas and killed 7 people to change all of that.

After Tuesday, September 11, 200 1, we can safely say there is no place on earth that is truly safe!

In the midst of this national tragedy, we must ask ourselves how does God feel about random acts of violence that have become much too commonplace in our nation. The Bible says in Ezekiel 33:11, "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways!..."

At no other time in the history of our great nation, outside the Civil War, have we seen such devastation and loss of life on our own soil. But the worst thing that we, as Christians, could possibly do would be to hunker in our bunkers in fear.

For, God is still looking for men and women, and boys and girls who are boldly confident in Jesus; people who are willing to live by their faith, love, and hope in these cataclysmic times. Amid all conflict there is opportunity, and we have been given a golden opportunity tin America to let people throughout the owrld come to a better understanding of the hope we have in Christ.  We can tell our country, we can tell individuals, that the one constant power in the Universe is God's invitation to come to Him by the way of the crossand the blood that was shed by God's only begotten Son.

I urge each of us to be continually in prayer, that we as the greatest nation on earth "I be able to heal our wounds and the families of the thousands of victims in this tragedy will find comfort. Pray that this country will turn to God and let Him be the deciding factor in all that we do.

May each of us dedicate and recommit our lives to our Christian fellowship at the Smithville Church of Christ!!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward