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Post 9/11 Afterthoughts

Let’s Talk! I just found a treasure in my files that might encourage brave and resilient hearts about some hidden miracles on that dark day of 9/11/2001.

The author’s name is Everett Tatman. He wrote:

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 on the morning of September 11, 2001. He was very busy!

First of all, He was trying to discourage anyone from taking [a terrorist-targeted] flight. Those four flights together [had the potential to hold] over 1,000 passengers and there were only 266 aboard. He was on four 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 hijacked planes said that the passengers were screaming in the background. On one of the flights He was giving strength to passengers to try to overtake the hijackers.

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 two 110-story buildings so that two-thirds 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 the people and praying for them every chance I have. I can’t imagine going through such a difficult time and not believing in God. Life would be hopeless.

Helen B. McIntosh has a doctorate in counseling psychology and is a national board certified professional counselor and certified in reality therapy. An educator for 19 years, Dr. McIntosh is an author, a highly demanded national speaker and inventor of the Peace Rug®, an international curriculum for conflict resolution.
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