That’s the number of people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the United States, September 11, 2001.
And today, 20 years later, over 18,000 first responders are dealing with life-threatening diseases from the ground zero destruction.
The victims were sons and daughters, moms and dads, husbands and wives... some were able to call home before the final moment, some jumped to escape the flames - perishing on their own terms ... some prayed final prayers as the falling buildings consumed their dreams and for all of us - the deadly and deranged evil of men attempted to stop the destiny of a people.
Some rushed into the buildings. Others helped the thousands of wounded and displaced.
All were heroes.
Today as we remember those heroes our greatest weapons continue to be faith and works...prayer and action. Loving God and loving others.
Pray for our nation, our leaders, pray for the church... and pray for the churches in the terrorist nations, pray for believers standing strong for their faith in the midst of terrible persecution... pray for the troops, pray for the Kingdom of Heaven to be established on the earth!
When you pray, things shift on the face of the earth.
2 Cor. 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."
And, touch someone with the love of Christ today. Help a friend, encourage your loved ones, volunteer in your community, get busy in the planting of the love of God in your city.
We are in a fight, and the final victory is assured.
HOPE IS ALIVE. HOPE HAS A NAME. HOPE’S NAME IS JESUS!