Pastors' Weekly Message: From Pastor Pat

Today, Thursday September 10, is the eve of a day which for some has faded into the background of their consciousness, for others is only a historical account, but for far too many is an undeniable reminder of immeasurable and unimaginable loss.

Nineteen years ago today, people were going about their normal routine, preparing for the next day, looking forward to the coming weekend, without knowing that in a matter of hours life would be altered in a way that time has been unable to mend or heal.

Every person who perished on September 11, 2001 was valuable and precious in the sight of God. Each and every person who gave their lives trying to save others or spent their final moments trying to support others, whether known to us or not, was part of God’s plan of life, had a destiny and purpose, a call and an assignment that ended on that momentous day.

We the living are the beneficiaries of battles we may not have fought, or borders we may have never defended. We the living are the recipients of the sacrifices of those who have stood on our behalf and died without ever meeting us. We are the privileged who live because our Savior died, leaving us the promised inheritance of life abundant and eternal.

As we sit in this sacred space embracing the privilege of freedom that has been and is still denied to many, may we never forget, freedom is not free.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
(2 Timothy 4:7-8 NKJV)
-- Pastor Pat