This Sunday, September 11, is the 15th remembrance of the awful terror attacks on the World Trade Center. In each of our lives much has happened in these past fifteen years since that terrible morning, but it is good to go back to recall some of what we learned at that time. In particular, what Bible passages were especially significant in our personal and leadership roles here in New York City, my town?
What comes to mind especially strongly are three great Scripture passages that helped give us all
1. both comfort and courage
2. both peace and purpose
3. both community and unifying confession.
Personally, I still vividly recall the numerous, multilevel experiences of 9/11 — as a grateful parent of one whose life was saved by listening to the Lord’s voice to him personally not to go to the Twin Towers on September 11 [see here], as a ministry leader seeking further to empower and encourage other Godly leaders and also the people of every community, and also as a person intensely devoted to the Lord, passionately seeking both to serve other leaders and their communities and to honor God throughout.
Evangelical churches and ministries of the NYC region were immediately united in purpose, and we quickly established “Network-NYC.” I was one of the chief organizers and was appointed Director of Counseling and Counselor Training. During the following few months we provided multiple intensive training opportunities in every borough. We equipped over 3,000 crisis counselors and victim-relief ministers with essential tools for caring for others and resources for affirming God’s Presence.
As I look back now, hundreds of Bible passages were especially powerful sources of healing and hope — both for all the people needing care and for those of us who were also the “care-givers.”
The proper answer to the question “What Scriptures helped us after 9/11?” is simply “The whole Bible!”
Nevertheless, here are three awesome passages from the Hebrew Scriptures that especially stand out as tremendous, transformative sources of the high octane spiritual fuel and the divine healing comfort that we leaders all needed so dearly in the weeks and months immediately after September 11, 2001:
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Dr. Paul de Vries is the president of New York Divinity School, and a pastor, speaker and author. He is a specialist in Biblical hermeneutics and ethics and a life-long advocate of Biblical activism.