We started our show tonight about how a couple of beams of metal in the midst of the twisted mess of collapsed buildings became a symbol of hope.
The Ground Zero Cross will be dismissed by skeptics as a coincidence and little more than the basis for silly superstition by some, but I believe it's more than that. Ridicule me if you want: I choose to believe that the Ground Zero Cross was God speaking to us from the rubble to remind us that no matter how evil man becomes, God hasn't abandoned us. In fact, it is in just such a time that He really shows up.
God has often spoken through simple things: A burning bush, tablets of stone, through big things like floods and little things like a still small voice. Not everyone hears Him. Some are too proud to acknowledge they need Him, but for those of us for whom life is too big to live without Him, we look for Him and listen for Him.
I believe the Ground Zero Cross was His way of saying that those 3,000 souls didn't die alone that day. He was there. And He would be there for those who grieved over their loss. It was also His way of saying He isn't finished with us yet.
For all those who predict gloom for our future, I disagree. As long as He puts crosses right in the very heart of our greatest tragedies, I believe He is saying that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy — He came that we might have life and have it with abundance.
We remember a tragedy tonight, but we reflect on God's triumph over our tragedies and that gives me hope. I hope it does for you too.
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