God’s love can be felt in even the worst of times.

Writer Author  Shelly Story
Christian Column : Life  - Fiction  No

Christian Author Writer As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States approaches, communities across the country are planning ways to honor those who died on that day.
I think most of us can remember where we were or what we were doing when the first plane crashed into the Twin Towers.

I had just dropped my two older boys off at school and was watching TV with my youngest who hadn’t yet started school. I remember watching in disbelief as news stations showed footage of the first plane hitting and even more shock as the second hit. I held my four-year-old tightly as I watched the attacks continue to unfold before my eyes.

The death, destruction and terror was more than can be imagined, but something we will never forget.

In the midst of the horror, something else was demonstrated – something powerful and moving. Men and women immediately began to rush to the aid of others. Some of these were firefighters, EMTs and police officers, others were citizens on the street.

Prejudices disappeared as true concern and love for others emerged. Race, economic status, religion were all melded into one, all were working for the same purpose.

God’s love just poured out of all involved.

For months after, many churches saw their attendance soar. People turned to God for help in their time of need or to thank Him for those who survived.

There have been other times when we have seen this happen, usually during disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.

During these times, God’s power and love is so evident it is hard to imagine how so many people miss it.

But many people do. As soon as their “need” for God passes they go on with their lives as before, making God a backseat passenger instead of the driver in their lives. As long as things are going well, they are content. But as soon as they “crash” into another obstacle suddenly they want God to take control again.

Yes, we should always turn to God in our times of need.

Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

But what about other times? What about when things are just sailing along smoothly and all is right with our world?

Those are the times when we should be turning to God with thanksgiving and on behalf of others. It is when we should be studying his word and building a relationship with Him.

How much easier is it to turn to someone you know and love for help than to a stranger? We should learn to be in constant communication with our Lord. Turning to Him for decisions in our lives should become so ingrained in us that going to him for even the smallest trials in our lives is the first option, not an act of desperation.

So let us not forget those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks, let us remember their families, let us remember those that risked their lives, and let us keep them in our prayers. Most of all remember to keep praying and keep growing in your faith.

God is good, He is always there. He reaches down and lifts us up out of our despair – every time.

Editor's Comment: Submitted 9/13/2011 11:18:00 AM

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