From the ash, beauty will rise. The 9/11 tragedy should never have happened, but when it did it reminded all of us that there was more to life and happiness than material things. Material things became more synonymous with the rubble being moved for rescues, and the amazing things left behind to remind us of God’s hand being there for us to reach for like the cross beam that still stands in New York as a remembrance, or the flag that was raised from the rubble.
There was one thing found that will astonish you and make many things quite clear in a matter of seconds that not many people are aware even exists. It was a sign of the most clarifying kind. Thankfully it was found and preserved.
According to Young Conservatives :
A firefighter made an absolutely amazing discovery back in March of 2002, and when you see what it is, it’ll leave you absolutely in awe.
The man found a piece of steel from one of the Twin Towers that collapsed on 9/11 with a page of the Bible fused to it, and while that may not sound super fascinating, when you see what the Scripture is, it just might take your breath away.
From The New York Times:
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
So many chapters. So many verses. But these were the words — from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, in the Gospel of Matthew — found permanently exposed at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 attacks. The pages of the Bible in which they were printed had fused to a chunk of steel as the World Trade Center collapsed, to be found only months later.
A firefighter found the fragment in March 2002, under the Tully Road, a temporary truck route that covered the last remnants of the south tower. He called out to the photographer, who happened to be nearby.
“This shredded, burned and rubble-covered Bible came to me from the loving hands of a fireman who knew that I was the record keeper of ground zero,” Mr. Meyerowitz said Thursday in an e-mail from Italy, where he now lives. Mr. Meyerowitz went on to say, “My astonishment at seeing the page that the Bible was open to made me realize that the Bible’s message survives throughout time, and in every era we interpret its teaching freshly, as the occasion demands.”
The Bible was also recently paid a visit by the Pope. This is truly an amazing story, and while I don’t think the idea of retaliation in this context is speaking of defending the country from terrorist attacks, it’s a poignant message none the less. It’s easy to forget, even as a Christian, that we’re all sinners in need of the saving grace of Jesus. That includes radical terrorists, murderers, adulterers, thieves, and so on. None of us are better than anyone else.
Before the eyes of God we truly are all equal, regardless of race, ethnicity, political beliefs, and so on, because we’ve all offended a holy, righteous God with our sinfulness. Thankfully, God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross so those who repent and trust in Him could be saved, no matter how bad they might think they are. This miracle, this page of Scripture, is a reminder that while we should most definitely take action to defend ourselves from attack, we do not have to allow our hearts and minds to be held captive by hate, regardless of how badly others may hurt us.
In our current culture, which seems to be obsessed with death, these are much needed words of hope.
From the rubble came a gift of sorts, and it is one that many should heed closely. This should not be for the context of revenge or justice but for the reminder of who left it for us. We often lose focus on the more important things in life, and it sometimes takes moments like this to remind us just how important even one day in this world truly is.
God Bless America!