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Where there is unity, there is peace

On September 11, 2001 I was working for the United States government. I was sitting at my desk when someone told me that the country was under attack. We were told that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center and that there were other planes headed toward other locations. There was total chaos. We were sent home, schools were closed as the nation was glued to their televisions on the latest updates of what was happening. I lived in Steubenville, Ohio at the time and you saw military planes in the air. There scene was surreal. There was an initial feel of fear and helplessness as people were looking for answers. Below are some observations.

When we are faced with tragedy we turn to God. The Sunday following September 11, 2001 churches broke attendance records. People were seeking for answers in their most desperate moments. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. There are two things we must address. First are we seeking Him with all our hearts? Secondly, how well are we representing God to those who are seeking?

Adversity brings out the best in most of us. On that day, I observed old and young, rich and poor, people from all backgrounds unite together. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For Brethern to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133″1. For one moment in time people set aside their differences to find a solution to their common fear and anguish. Can we agree that maybe the reason things in our society is getting worse not better is because we are more interested in being right instead of doing what is right? We might want to consider on switching some letters and start looking to be better, not bitter.

Life can be fragile. In an instant our peace can be impeded by panic. In moments of despair we need to “Be still and that I am God…” Psalm 46:10. Events will happen in our life, however we can find our rest oand peace by putting our trust in God.

Today our society is still under siege. The attack that we are under comes from our lack of focusing on what is really important. The different groups that worked together so fruitily are now at odds with one another. Church services that were at full capacity are now empty, because we no longer see the need for God in our current affairs. We have pursued causes and agendas instead of pursuing God. I invite you today to take a moment and ask Jesus back into your heart. Ask him to restore your peace and lead you into the right relationship with Him. Next, add feet to your prayers and attend a church service again. If we want God to restore our house, we should visit Him at His house. Finally there is room for everybody invite someone to go with you. God Bless

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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