The perfect message after the devastation of 9/11. It is a message that still needs to be heard today.
If anyone asks you, ‘How can a good God allow this?’ you can show them this.
This is Rev. Billy Graham addressing the nation — and the world — on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.
And it is beautiful — filled with faith, hope, and love.
From the speech:
This event reminds us of the brevity and the uncertainty of life. We never know when we too will be called to eternity…
…Each of us needs to face our own spiritual need and commit ourselves to God and His will now…
Rev. Graham reminds us that God Himself suffered for our sake and understands our suffering.
…For the Christian, the cross tells us that God understands our sin and our suffering. For He took upon Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, our sins, and our suffering. And from the cross, God declares, ‘I love you. I know the heartaches and the sorrows that you feel, but I love you.’ The story does not end at the cross. For Easter points us beyond the tragedy of the cross to the empty tomb. It tells us that there is hope for eternal life, for Christ has conquered evil and death and hell.
In difficult times, we have a choice.
But now we have a choice. Whether to implode and disintegrate emotionally and spiritually, as a people and a nation, or whether we choose to become stronger through all of this struggle — to rebuild on a solid foundation. And I believe we are in the process of starting to rebuild on that foundation. That foundation is our trust in God. That’s what this service is all about. And in that faith, we have the strength to endure something as difficult and horrendous as what we have experienced this week.
This has been a terrible week with many tears, but it has also been a week of great faith. Churches all over this country have called prayer meetings…
Many all over the world did the same.
We were united in prayer and faith.
Seeking comfort from the God of all Comfort.
In the words of that familiar hymn that Andewy Young quoted,
Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us and we’ll know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him.
We also know that God is going to give wisdom and courage and strength to the President and those around him and that this is going to be a day that we will remember as a day of victory.
Yes, this is still the best of the best.
We will always remember.