Preaching on 9/11–How to touch tough moments with the Scriptures

This Sunday is the ten year anniversary of the attacks of terror against America. I remember that Tuesday very clearly. It was 8:46am and I was driving up towards the north Grand Island Bridge on my way to the church office. I heard on NPR what was going on and spent much of the morning listening to the radio and trying to refresh the news pages on websites to get the latest information.

Lisa Dixon and I tried to get an old TV that had been donated for the church garage sale to work so we could see pictures because the words on the radio could not describe the magnitude of the event. But then even the images could not capture the personal stories of so many people.

The next Tuesday I hosted at Grace Lutheran Church the local circuit meeting for the LCMS pastors. I preached on the parable of the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to go find the one that was lost. I was thinking about the rescue workers that were lost in the towers. People were still thinking of Ground Zero as a rescue site but it was slowly transitioning to a recovery site. How does our savior, the good shepherd, search for us when we are breaking in our hearts? He vigorously reaches to us with the good news of his mercy and resurrection victory.

This Sunday I will be preaching about the mighty fortress of our savior and the refuge we find in his strength of mercy. Genesis 50 is the Old Testament lesson. In this lesson we find Joseph has a confident faith that God can work good through the most evil plans. Do we have faith that God can work good?

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One thought on “Preaching on 9/11–How to touch tough moments with the Scriptures

  1. Thanks Evan.

    I love your question, “How does the Good Shepherd search for us when we are breaking in our hearts?”

    I have presided at several funerals this summer that arose from tragic circumstances, and people dying far too young.

    I’ll look for your sermon next week. Blessings on your worship this Sunday.

    Peace, Harold

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