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Remembering 9/11

11 September 2012 5 Comments

 Remembering 9/11

 Today, like so many other Americans, as well as people around the world, I want to pause and remember those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. We will never forget that day.

Many wondered where God was on that tragic day. Amid the smoke and rubble and the twisted steel at Ground Zero, this cross miraculously appeared as a sign and wonder to remind the world that God indeed was at the very center of it all. Just like He was there two thousand years ago at the cross where His own beloved Son Jesus suffered, died, and was resurrected. The cross was God’s answer to the world’s sin and suffering, and today it still remains the only HOPE and answer for all mankind.

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I watched a TV documentary about 9/11 and marveled at all the amazing and valiant efforts of so many everyday people and unsung heroes who took part in the massive search and rescue mission during and after the attack. It was said, “All Gave Some, Some Gave All.” We honor them all and owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.

Meet an American Hero

I want you to meet a friend of mine who is one of those American heroes. A rescuer at heart, Clarence Singleton has always tried to respond when duty called…former Marine in Vietnam, awarded The Purple Heart, retired Fire Lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department after 22 years of service, honored for his heroic rescue efforts during the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and 9/11 survivor of the North Tower collapse at The World Trade Center.

Clarence and I both are members of Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Midlothian, Virginia. On Sunday, two days before September 11, our Pastor, Sam Luke, had Clarence come up on the platform so he could honor this American hero and share some wonderful news. He made the point that God can take a life-changing day or event that has caused unbelievable pain and tragedy and turn it into a triumphant testimony.

He explained how Clarence was sitting in church one Sunday when something finally dawned on him. Pastor shared this passage from Clarence’s book, “When Duty Called.”

“This is my purpose. That familiar small inner voice that I have come to recognize through the years spoke to me again, and gently whispered, ‘Imagine the number of people you can help by sharing your story.’ “I knew deep within that it was true: I had identified my purpose.

“That day as I drove away from the church I felt so good knowing I would be able to help someone in an emotional way.  All my life I’ve been rescuing people and helping people, but now I believe I have the opportunity to help them in other areas of their lives.  I can’t think of anything that could be more rewarding.”

God turned this 9/11 tragedy into triumph for His own glory and for Clarence’s good! He is a specialist at doing that! God’s enduring love and goodness never end.  I am sure there are thousands of stories like this one that can be told. Be sure and tell your story.  You never know just who it might help or bless! 

Pastor Sam then joyfully announced some more good news. Clarence Singleton and his fiancée, Mary Jean Heyres, are getting married (on Mary’s birthday no less), September 11, 2012 at 11 AM. Congratulations to Clarence and Mary Jean!  May God richly bless you and your marriage all the days of your lives! Praise God for His mighty works in the earth.

You can read more about Clarence’s life and story as well as purchase his book by going to his website at: www.clarencesingleton.com.  He will be coming out with another book around December or January.  The title will be something like:  Hero with a Heart.

Love in Jesus,

Nancy Slocum
“A pen in God’s hand giving LOVE a voice”

http://Nancy777.com

My Prayer

May God bless America and may America never stop blessing God!  We are one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.  Hallelujah to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords forever!   

 

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  • Bess Blanco said:

    I love this post, Nancy – you have reminded me of how blessed I am to be an American, and to live in this country! I marvel at how our God always turns tragedy in to triumph! Thank you for such a meaningful post – you bless me! :)

  • Nancy Slocum (author) said:

    Thanks so much, Bess, for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog! I appreciate it. We are indeed blessed to be Americans living in these United States of America! And I declare, “We are one nation under God with liberty and justice for all!” Blessings to you!

  • Kathryn Bonner said:

    Beautiful Nancy,

    Thank you so much for writing this poignant memorial. I remember this day as though it were yesterday! I remain in awe of those who were touched by this tragic day in our history. I am in awe at how they found inner strength for which they knew not of before. How they came to the aid of another, how they became the hands and feet of Christ. How they became fully reliant upon God and found Him in the rubble, found him in a small child’s eyes looking up at them, when a fireman came to their rescue, when one offered their last sip of water… I remain awed to this day. Let us always remember and pray for those who have been touched by this tragedy. Wherever we see any kind of ashes and rubble, I pray that we always shine the light of love, hope, grace, mercy and restoration that Christ always offers as we journey the path of life.

    Relying & Remembering,
    Kathryn Bonner

  • Nancy Slocum (author) said:

    My dear friend Kathryn, thank you as well for your beautiful remembrances and loving words that point to our eternal loving God. He watches and sees it all and is with us to bring us through no matter what. Nothing can separate us from the love of God!

  • Cindy said:

    I always enjoy reading you posts. I usually wait until I have a quiet time before I go to your latest blog post so that I can relax, enjoy and internalize what you say. I too share in everyone’s sadness about 9/11 but am reminded by you and others of all the miraculous things that happened that day as well !! We know that God is in control, but there would have been no need for Jesus’ sacrifice if not for free will, even to do the unthinkable as on 9/11. Thank you for your dedication to the cause of Christ and the inspiration you give to so many people through your testimony and writings !! Love you…..

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