The Peace of God
by Fr. Rodney Torbic
from the Greene County Messenger
The terrorist attack on America resulting in the great loss of lives at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania is cause for great soul searching and an appeal to God for understanding. The pain and the hurt, the death and destruction exceed the capabilities of human beings to fully comprehend. Too many families have lost loved ones. They were taken from their midst quickly and totally unexpectedly.
Thousands of families have suffered devastating permanent losses. The images of horror have stretched across this land and are known around the world.
We need the assurance that God cares in this time of uncertainty. We need the assurance that God loves us in this time of uncertainty. We need the direction which comes from God in this time of horror.
Godís love and care is manifested in the outpouring of aid to help the grieving and suffering. Godís love and care is manifested in the pulling together of people to help each other and to help the hurt. Godís love and care is shown in the depth and breadth of grief and concern among people across this land and from around the world.
Americans are not isolated from the rest of the world. Regardless of our land of origin and residence, each person gains life from the same Creator. Each person breathes air from the same God. Each heart beats with life from the same God. Out of this time of death and destruction, we must look to ways to help the hurt and the grieving. We must provide comfort that is lasting and strengthening. Christian believers will find solace and hope in the words of St. Paul who said "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus." (I Thess. 4:14)
Our own lives, individually and collectively, bear examination. By this act of terror, we are reminded all too graphically of how life can change in a single day.
This is a time to ensure that our lives are in order. This is a time to make the most use of each day. This is a time to think about the love we experience in our homes, with family and friends. It is a time to thank God for the many blessings we have received.
Hope comes from God who out of darkness brings light. Hope comes from God who has always governed the world. The darkness of Holy Friday gave way to the brightness of Christís resurrection and the ultimate defeat of death.
Our lives are different today because of the terror striking America on September ll, 2001. We must ensure that the lives we live today and each day are pleasing to God.
Godís peace eradicates anxiety and surpasses all understanding.(Phil4:5-6) May Godís peace rule our hearts and provide the foundation and confidence for each day of our lives.