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Old 09-20-2001, 03:55 AM
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Where was God ?

this came to me as a forward so maybe it is well known, but it meant a lot to me...

Dear Family and Friends,
> I had a very dear friend question my faith in God right
> after the terrorist attack on America. Her question was
> simply put, "Where is your God today?" She was very
> hurt, as all Americans were, so I tried not to react
> defensively. Since that moment I have prayed and grieved
> over the disastrous events. However, I believe I have
> the answer. I know where my God was the morning of
> September 11, 2001! He was very busy.
> First of all, he was trying to discourage anyone from
> taking this flight. Those four flights together held
> over 1000 passengers and there was only 266 aboard.
> He was on 4 commercial flights giving terrified
> passengers the ability to stay calm. Not one of the
> family members who was called by a loved one on one of
> the high-jacked planes said that passengers were
> screaming in the background. On one of the flights he
> was giving strength to passengers to try to overtake the
> high-jackers.
> He was busy trying to create obstacles for employees at
> the World Trade Center. After all only around 20,000
> were at the towers when the first jet hit. Since the
> buildings hold over 50,000 workers, this was a miracle
> in itself. How many of the people who were employed at
> the WTC told the media that they were late for work or
> they had traffic delays.
> He was holding up 2-110 story buildings so that 2/3 of
> the workers could get out. I was so amazed that the top
> of the towers didn't topple when the jets impacted.
> Although this is without a doubt the worst thing I have
> seen in my life, I can see God's miracles in every bit
> of it. I keep thinking about my friend and praying for
> her every chance I have. I can't imagine going through
> such a difficult time and not believing in God. Life
> would be hopeless.
> Thanks for letting me share this with you! (Thanks to my
> friends who have already heard all of this, and haven't
> told me to put a sock in it!)
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Old 09-20-2001, 04:24 AM
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I beleive in God, Lorna, and there's something in this letter.
Of course maybe some of the things happened accidentally (maybe this word doesn't sound right here), but I do beleive that all events happen for something, not "just happen".
If someone spills a coffee on his clothes and comes late to his job it means that he was saved from being hit by a car, maybe.

I sold my previous car (it was in terrible condition) for GREAT money. And I wasn't going to sell it, and wasn't looking for a buyer. He just left a message on my windscreen. Lucky? I beleive no. Maybe God saved me or someone else from a terrible accident.
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Old 09-20-2001, 06:31 AM
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I too Have a great faith in GOD...He has come through with great comfort at times of unbeleivable sorrow....

Lorna I think this is the most wonderful thing I have read so far about this horror that has happened...Thank you SO much for sharing this with us.....HUGS...
to thine self be true...

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Old 09-20-2001, 07:09 AM
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Old 09-20-2001, 01:28 PM
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He's always here--if you want Him.

Seems we've been kicking Him out of alot lately. If you don't think so, just watch what immorality Hollywood is putting out, ALCU, prayer in schools, our language, etc. When's the last time you heard anything about Creation? Evolution doesn't seem to be a "theory" anymore. We've asked Him to back off--just to come around only when we really need Him.

Revelation 3:20 says that He's knocking at the door, but each must let Him in. Otherwise, He's standing outside the door--waiting....and waiting....and...

Thanks Lorna.

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Old 09-20-2001, 01:44 PM
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Thank you for sharing this Lorna.
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Old 09-20-2001, 06:18 PM
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Thanks Lorna, I needed that.
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thanks Lorna What a great forward you have received. I have heard many stories of people who where kept away from the World Trade Center that morning by God. Thanks God bless you Lorna, many *people* here need to read this seriously.
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Old 09-21-2001, 05:12 AM
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Thank you Lorna. I will share this with my friends who ask the same question.
You are so right Shirl.
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Old 09-21-2001, 04:12 PM
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Thank you Lorna, that is so beautiful and true. I couldn't agree more. His love and comfort were there with the cell phone users who got to make amends and say goodbys with their loved ones. His love and comfort continued to be there through the outpouring of worldwide help and support during the aftermath.
He is all around, everywhere we look.
"Yeah though I walk through the shadow of evil I shall fear no evil, for Thou art with me". We can't avoid the evil that stems from the hearts and actions of others, but we will always find God's love to help us get us through. He's everywhere. It's just up to us to open our hearts and listen, like Shirl said.

(disclaimer: These are my beliefs and not to be taken as trying to force MY beliefs on others. Take it or leave it.)
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Old 09-25-2001, 12:26 AM
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Ah yes, the age old question of "Where is God when it hurts?" Well, I believe He is here when I hurt just like He is here when I am happy. The thought occurs to me of how often I wonder where He is when I hurt. (Probably a lot). Why is it that I never ask where He is when I'm happy and I'm one of those who may have not been here when I had a horrible car accident and when I walked into a hospital where they could not find blood pressure because I'd bled so much. There's got to be a reason cuz I'm still here.
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Old 09-25-2001, 05:10 PM
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That sums it up for me Lorna!
When I asked myself the very question where was God, the answer came to me very clearly.
We cannot blame God for mans evilness.
I have always been a bit agnostic in my faith. But not any more !
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Old 10-01-2001, 10:14 AM
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Equal time for the opposing view...


Where was god?

The question was asked, here is my answer.

The belief in god, and the fanatical certainty that they would arrive in paradise upon their death, was embedded in the minds and hearts of the terrorists--

--and their faith never wavered. Their 'god' was with them, right to the end.

If nothing else, this tragedy has shown that faith--the desire to believe--has tremendous power. Faith can achieve--if not miracles--at least amazing, and far too often tragic, things.

September 11th resulted because the terrorists rejected this world, in favour of 'the next' world. This tragedy happened because a few human beings focused on 'god'--and thus lost sight of the value of human beings--themselves most certainly included.

What mystifies me, is that the fact that, while this disaster was the direct result of the the terrorists' faith in their god, that fact has not caused more of us to question our faith in 'our' god.

This attack has not altered my 'religious convictions' (my atheism) in any way.

These are my views, and I have not expressed them with the intent to offend anyone, only to desire to express them.

I do not pray, but I do grieve.

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Old 10-01-2001, 07:28 PM
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where was God?

I find evidence of God's love everyday in the compassion and humanity of these threads. I bet WC is in his favourite list.

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