September 11, 2010 by staff
Lisa Beamer, A noble principle of the Christian faith is the hope of believers in Christ for this life and for eternity. No events, even tragic and life-changing ones, happen without a Christian know that he is in the palm of the hand of God.
A few years ago, early one morning, I sat with my dear friend, her family and friends in a small hospital room as she received final word that her husband suddenly and unexpectedly deceased. As one would expect, the grief expressed in that room was overwhelming. Yet, at the same time, the presence of God’s peace, it soon became clear, too. Despite the shock and the unanswered questions about what had just happened, there was insurance and a calm mind in the room. The great sadness was not terrible grief, due to the presence of a heavenly Father, and His grace.
In their time of need, this family does not seek the comfort offered by a loving Savior. She had known him – in their hearts and their heads. She had lived many years in daily personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the very pleasant times and difficult times of life – so that when the moment came, and the difficult months later, their grief was not the “sorrow of those who do not hope “(I Thess. 4:13).
These thoughts are especially relevant in light of the commemoration today of the events of nine years ago on this date. How did people deal with the terrible events and tragic results of that day? Those who knew the Lord as personal Savior, who walked with him before that time, were in a position to sense the hand of God, shielding them, loving them and walk them through the dark days that followed.
Lisa Beamer, widow of the victim Todd Beamer, was one such person. She writes on page 276 of her book, “Let’s Roll”: “The reason I was able to live [in the hope] not because I am a strong person. I do not want anyone to go out of here thinking, Wow, she’s so strong, look at her! The reason why I chose to live in hope, because of the heavenly, eternal perspective has God given me. That tells me that fear comes from the feeling of control, and if 9.11 has taught us what it is that we never really in control … But hope comes from knowing who is boss. Hope comes from knowing that we are a sovereign, loving God whose boss each event in our lives. ”
Jeremiah 29:11 and many other writings remind us of his infinite love and power in our lives. The Psalms are full of such memories. And while Christians are subject to the same pains, same fears, same unknowns as we have all the promises of the great God of the universe, telling us, ‘I will never let me to you, nor forsake thee! “
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