Here' something I wrote on this day seven years ago. Writing it was my personal therapy that day to remind me not to give up hope.
God is brokenhearted today.
He is brokenhearted because you and I may have at some time in our lives ignored our call and didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to share Christ and to show His love with one of the people killed today. We may have been face to face with them, whether we knew their names or now, and perhaps were afraid to speak up.
Now, a different fear is spreading.
Or, maybe we had just put Christ out of our minds at the time. Just what WERE we thinking? They may have been watching us from a distance at some interstate rest stop or an amusement park or a shopping mall or some other outlet where our paths may have briefly crossed. Had we taken a vacation from our responsibility to Christ as well?
He is brokenhearted that unique pieces of His creation embraced evil. Oh, the blessings He had in store for them. But their choices just blew them away.
As much as it may have physically hurt to have a Boeing jet crash into your office, as much as it may have burned to have the temperatures register hot enough to melt steel, God’s hurt is even greater.
Greater now because some of His precious creations are lost. Not in a pile of rubble and debris, but lost eternally.
He is brokenhearted that any of His creation has to suffer. He, most of all, knows what it means to suffer. It is suffering, however, that causes us to trust God for who He is, not what He does.
And who He is, is bigger.
God is bigger.
As far as those that jumped from the buildings fell, as far beneath the rubble as some were buried, God’s love will go father.
As long as it takes to search, as long as it takes to recover and rebuild, as long as remembrances of these days will be voiced, God’s love will last longer.
As deep as those pictures are ingrained in our minds, as deep as the hurt is, God’s love will always be deeper.
As far across the earth as the repercussions have been felt, as far as those rescue workers and relief efforts have increased the boundaries of our generosity, God’s love will stretch even wider.
Our God is bigger than any tragedy.
God is in control.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19