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Remember the Cross


The first documented use of crucifixion was by the Persians in 400 BC. The Romans started using this method of execution around 100 BC. A Roman citizen could not be crucified except for treason. Psalm 22:1-18 was written by David about 1000 BC. It accurately describes the death of the Messiah by crucifixion several hundred years before crucifixion came into existence. Around 700 BC Isaiah 53:1-12 described the suffering Messiah.  

Today the cross is the universal symbol of Christianity.

The vertical bar reaches up to the height of God’s holiness. The horizontal beam reaches out like God’s love. Because of God’s holiness and justice payment for sin is required. But due to God’s love for us He provided the payment for our sins through the death of His Son.

God is just and judges the world with righteousness.
“The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.”  Psalm 9:7-9

Sin is serious. It is so serious that it requires justice.  In God’s justice, He requires a blood sacrifice to atone for sin. Sin brings death. but blood brings life.
“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22

In God’s mercy, He provided the means for our sins to be forgiven because all of us have sinned and deserve to be punished by a just God.
“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known…this righteous from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished — He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”  Romans 3:21-26

Jesus died for our sins because of God’s love.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him.”  Romans 5:6-9

Our salvation is a gift from God that we receive through our faith in His Son Jesus.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

Remembering the cross means remembering the extreme sacrifice the Lord Jesus made for you. Remembering the cross means remembering Christ’s blood that was shed and his body that was broken for us.  Salvation is free to us, but it cost Christ dearly. Jesus will never forget the price He paid for our sins.  Let us never forget.

My Decision to Receive Christ As My Savior

Dear God, I know I have sinned and that there is nothing I can do to pay for my sins. I agree with you and confess that I am a sinner. I believe that by your grace and mercy, the Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for me and died on the cross for my sins. I believe that He was raised for my justification.  Lord Jesus, please forgive me. I do now receive and confess you as my personal Savior and Lord. From this time forward, as You give me strength, I will trust You and obey You in all areas of my life.  Thank you, Lord, for the abundant life you promise here and for the eternal life to come.

Consequences

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CONSEQUENCE: The result of an action Photo by mckinney75402

Diseases, addictions, natural disasters and global inequalities are a symptom of a much bigger problem.  It is a problem that was not created yesterday.  It has been a problem that has plagued all humanity.

Probably the best way to describe this ubiquitous problem is to think about parents and children. A parent gives the child life. A parent provides for the child’s needs.  A parent loves the child when the child has nothing truly to give back, except maybe an appreciation smile or an exuberant laugh to be in a world of discovery and learning. A parent wants their child to have good things, wonderful things.  They want their children to experience the joy of living a life free of pain or guilt; but that expectation is short-lived when a child begins to say “no”.  Any good parent knows that disobedience must carry consequences for a child to understand the seriousness of their actions.

Our disobedience to God carries heavy consequences.  He is our Creator.  He sustains our life.  The Bible clearly communicates that a nature to sin is so ingrained into us that we cannot change it; however, God in His divine power and infinite unconditional love knows that we don’t just need a second chance, because that too would prove inadequate.  God offers us a new life.

No matter what day of the year you are reading this, it can be an Easter Sunday when Jesus Christ becomes alive and real for you.  Good Friday is past.  Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our sins and disobedience.  Now we know “He is not dead.  He is risen.”  Our joy is complete when we receive Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.

The Death of Jesus
Holy Bible: Luke 23:44-46
“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he said this, he breathed his last.

John 19:30   Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus is Alive
Luke 24:1-8
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them and said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he is risen!”

For Further Thought

Romans 3:20
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Romans 3:22-24
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:8
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of His son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

Romans 8:1-4
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

Questions:

  1. How often do you think you can live your life in any way you would like without consequences?
  2. Are consequences always bad?  What is an example of “good consequences”?
  3. Do you think bad consequences are the problem or could they be a symptom of a problem?
  4. What was Jesus’ motivation for dying on the cross?
  5. Describe what you know about crucifixion.
  6. What other sacrifice did Jesus make besides dying physically?
  7. Without Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, what would the consequence for sin be?
  8. Read John 3:16 and exchange the words “the world” with your name.  John 3:16 For God so loved the world [___________] that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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How can you tell this picture was taken in England? Photo by We have moved! Please visit /highwaysengland

I’ve never driven a car in another country, but I gave this advice to my children when they were learning to drive and I think it applies everywhere.

I would like to recommend that you follow these suggestions for at least 30 days or 30 trips when you are driving your car.

  1. Buckle your seat belt and adjust all the mirrors BEFORE you start the car or BEFORE you start driving.  First things first.
  2. When you are a new driver, always know where you are going.  Don’t make your first driving excursion to a shopping mall that you don’t know how to get there. For several weeks or for an entire month, drive on roads to places that are very familiar to you so that you know what lane to be in to make certain turns. After you are more skilled with handling the car, you can drive in unfamiliar areas; but the first step in learning to drive is how to handle the car and be comfortable doing it. The second step will be learning how to navigate using GPS and finding unfamiliar places.
  3. Unless you have a driver’s permit and must have a licensed driver next to you, do not drive with any friends in your car for about 30 days.  Tell them that you are not allowed to drive friends around.  Friends in the car can be very distracting.  Then after you have friends in the car, limit it to one or two at a time.
  4. If you have an opportunity to learn to drive a standard transmission (or dual-clutch transmission), do it. It means you will have a broader ability to drive cars that may not have an automatic transmission.
  5. Drive during the day before learning to drive at night.
  6. Ignore road rage. If someone gets mad at you and honks at you, try to ignore them and go on. Some people are not considerate drivers so learn to be polite behind the wheel.
  7. Save high speed interstate highway driving until you are very comfortable driving in slower traffic.
  8. NO TEXTING.  Even at a stop sign or a stop light, do not be tempted to look at your phone. It leads to very bad habits.
  9. Never ever drink and drive.  Never.  Ever.  And never get into a car with someone who has been drinking.  Do not let them drive.
  10. Drive defensively. This means that you have to not only watch out for yourself, but also for another driver that may not be paying attention.  Make sure no one is pulling out when you have a green light and they have a red light.  It doesn’t matter if you are right and they run the red light or turn in front of you and hit you.  It’s better to watch out for them and avoid an accident altogether!

These may sound restrictive, but a car is like a 2-ton weapon. It can hurt people so it is very important to keep distractions to a minimum. Being a smart, skillful driver means paying attention to what you are doing ~ DRIVING!

Enjoy many happy times driving to many happy places.  BE SAFE!!!

Words to remember:  Psalm 25: 4-5
Show me the right path, O LORD ; point out the road for me to follow.   Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

If you could go back in time....

I want to go back….

In English, there is a saying that “hindsight is 20:20.” This means that it is always easier look back (hindsight) and see a situation clearly (20:20 is perfect eyesight).

Sometimes we get so frustrated or disillusioned or hurt or grief-stricken or angry that we think that God obviously didn’t know what He was doing when He allowed certain things to happen in our life.  Pretend that you could change your past.  Pretend you could do things differently, but the rules are that whatever you change means it changes everything.  If someone has hurt you so badly that you wish you had never met that person, ask yourself these questions:

  1. How would my life have been different?
  2. Where would I have lived?
  3. What would I have done?
  4. What in my life now would I not have if I had never met that person?

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Two word prayers

Two babies bwOur daughter had twins who were in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit called the NICU for four weeks. They were tiny – these two – a little boy 3 pounds 7 ounces and a baby girl 3 pounds.  We praise the doctors and nurses for their care and skill, but we praise God most of all for each and every answer to our prayers.

One day a very dear Chinese friend told me that her family was praying for the twins.  She said her little girl prayed only these words, “Two babies – one boy – one girl.”

This prayer is a valuable lesson that when you bring a very real need to the Lord and ask for His divine grace and mercy, words can be few.  In fact, God is not impressed with our many words. It is our heart and our need for Him that He sees.  While the twins were in the NICU, I also learned the valuable lesson that sometimes prayers can be too deep for words.  In fact, we know that when we do not know what to pray or how to pray, the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

Our daughter would see to the needs of the twins and watched them closely.  By God’s grace, with tender loving care, time and the prayers of many, the twins grew and grew.

Since the twins were in the NICU and after my friend shared the simple prayer of her little girl, I have thought about two word prayers and wrote down the ones that have come to my mind.  I share these with you ~ you may think of others that are meaningful to you.

Lord, please….

Help me.  Protect me.  Guide me.  Use me.   Bless me.   Change me.   Teach me.   Take me.   Fill me.   Comfort me.  Remember me.   Defend me.   Hear me.   Silence me.   Heal me.   Stop me.   Lead me.   Show me.   Equip me.  Rescue me.   Save me.   Send me.   Cover me.   Forgive me.   Cleanse me.   Shepherd me.   Inspire me.   Redeem me.  See me.   Restore me.

And perhaps, the most important prayer of all…

Lord, thank you.

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​Bible reading:

Matthew 6:6-7 | Romans 8:26 | Philippians 4:6-7   |  Matthew 7:11

Questions:

  1. What is prayer?
  2. How will praying bring you closer to God?
  3. When you pray, what is your attitude?
  4. Does praying mean God will always give me what I want?  How can bringing your requests to God be similar to a child bringing a request to their parents?

Creating a budget

coins-1015125_640This may seem like a boring topic; but trust me, when you start working and are receiving a paycheck, it is easy to lose track of how much money you are spending. On my first job I did not make very much money,  I had to learn the hard way that money always goes out faster than it comes in; but I learned “the value of a dollar”.  I hope our talk about a budget will help you so that soon and very soon when you are working and supporting yourself, you will feel very content and happy about your standard of living and how you are spending your money.  Learning to support yourself will be a source of great pride and accomplishment.

Think about these questions.  Fill-in-the-blanks with these words: prioritize, challenge, discretionary, credit, balance

What is this image saying to you?  How important is it to you to ____________ your budget?

1.  What does this saying mean?  Parents owe their children a good education, a good name and good-bye.

2.  What do you think will be your greatest _____________ to not over-spend?

3.  Do you think it’s a good idea to make purchases on credit?  Why or why not?

4.  How important is it for you to have the latest technology for a phone?

5.  Do you plan to use a debit card or a ___________card?  If so, how can you resist the temptation to overspend on your card?

TIPS FOR CREATING A BUDGET

For the first month, write down everything you spend your money on.

At the end of the month, did you spend more than your income?  If so, how much more?

_____________ your spending.  After paying for what is necessary (food and rent), how much money is left?  This might be called _______________ spending.

Have you ever heard of the envelope method of budgeting?  It is literally where you create envelopes that are marked for how much money you can spend on certain categories:

Rent, food, telephone fees, charity, insurance, transportation, clothing, personal items, hair, nails, entertainment, saving for a big purchase like a trip.  Write a word on an envelope, then put an amount money into that envelope that is maximum amount of money you can spend for that particular category.  You get the idea.  Even if you don’t actually put the CASH in the envelope, you can create a system so that you know what you are spending for each category and once you reach your limit (what is budgeted), you cannot spend anymore in that category.

Can you think of other methods that might work for you so that you are able to manage your money wisely?

Happiness is not buying another pair of shoes.  In this world, you will never make enough money to buy happiness.   Happiness is spending a dollar less than you make!  Happiness is being proud of what you have and not always wanting more.  Happiness is understanding that there is more to life than “things” and that the greatest things in life are free.

Bible truths

Contentment:  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Feast or famine: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him [Jesus Christ] who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13 

Your value is not in money: Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Luke 12:7

Don’t forget that these are free:  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  I Corinthians 13:13

Karen’s Life Sketch

Karen KingOn this, the first day of 2017, it seems an appropriate time to share my life sketch.  Rather than looking forward to the new year, I am looking back over my life and analyzing it.  There have been physical changes ~ for sure.  And life is filled with emotional experiences bringing you happiness and sorrow that change you.  Then ah, yes, our spiritual lives are sometimes left to be relegated to a mysticism or sheer energy; but truly, truly, our lives will be richer and fuller if we recognize that our self-worth is not in things or possessions or degrees or accolades but in our personal relationship with God ~ our Creator.  So this is my personal life sketch.  I hope you will take time to write yours and I would love to have you share it with me.
My birthday is July 18, 1953.  I was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.  I am the youngest of five children.  I have two older brothers, an older sister and a twin!  Although my brothers and sisters and I live far from each other in distance, we enjoy using technology to keep in touch and we love being together.

My twin sister’s name is Kathy.  We are very different.  She is creative and spontaneous.  I am cautious.  We work together which means we talk every day even though she lives in Florida and I live in Oklahoma. Our business is KathyandKaren.com.  My sisters and I also have an on-line community Call Me Sister where we write blog articles about daily life. We would love to have thousands of virtual sisters.  We hope you will join us and call us “sister”.

My family moved to Oklahoma from Arkansas when I was in first grade.  Bob, my husband, and I dated when we were in high school.  Then while Bob was attending the University of Oklahoma, I moved to Oklahoma City at the age of 18 to work. During those years we fell in love and three years later we were married. When Bob graduated, we moved to Tulsa where Bob worked for an oil and gas company.  I worked as a secretary until Sarah was born in 1980 and I became a “stay-at-home” mom.  Taylor was born in 1984 so my life was filled with family, my church and volunteer activities.   I also homeschooled our children for three years when they were in elementary grades.

God has used many circumstances to shape my life.  No doubt the event that first jarred my most wonderful world and made me re-evaluate my life was in 1996 when I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 43.  From that point, nothing was the same.  I changed my diet, my activities and even the way I thought!  Well, I say I changed the way I thought.   Actually it was God who changed my thinking, because I could not have changed my thinking without Him.  He showed me that every day of my life is a gift from Him.  He showed me how fragile my life is and how I really didn’t control it.  He showed me how His love was showered on me each and every day of my life.  He showed me that it was not my job to worry about changing other people, but only to pay attention to how I should live my own life.

Bob and I lived in Tulsa for 28 years and he continued to grow in his career in oil and gas.  Unfortunately, after 9/11 Bob lost his job and was unemployed for a year and a half.  However, because of this seemingly terrible situation, we moved to Florida so that Bob could teach math at a failing high school in the inner city of Miami. That is where we lived before we moved to Norman.  We love Norman and we love meeting many students at OU from China.

Another life-changing event in my life was the birth of our two grandchildren – Cooper and Avery.  After many disappointments and medical procedures, our daughter Sarah and her husband continued to hope and pray for a child.  With great joy, we learned that Sarah was pregnant, then we learned that she was going to have twins!  Her pregnancy was very difficult. She was hospitalized when she was only 22 weeks pregnant and was put on bed rest.  The babies were born March 5, 2014 – at 30 weeks – two months premature.  Cooper weighed only 3 pounds 7 ounces and Avery weighed only 3 pounds.  The babies were so small and we prayed earnestly for them.  We are so grateful that many others also prayed for them.  Now Cooper and Avery continue to grow healthy and strong.  We are so very grateful and thankful for this wonderful gift.

On November 8, 1964 at the age of 11, I made the most important decision in my life. I became a Christian by asking Jesus to be my personal Savior and the Lord of my life.  This decision has given my life great purpose and meaning.  From having cancer to surviving a very serious car accident several years ago to the birth of Cooper and Avery, I have become aware of how much in life I do not control. That has made me understand more about how to trust God to take unplanned and sometimes painful circumstances and give us hope, because He has given me life. I want my life to count for something. I want my life to count for God. Each morning, I awaken with expectations and I appreciate each day.  The Bible is my guide.  I love my husband.  I love my children.  I love our grandchildren. I love people.  I know that this is only possible because God showed me His grace and He took my bad attitude and turned it into thanksgiving.  He showed me that the most important things in life are those things that you cannot see, but they are very real.  I am thankful that Jesus saved me from my sins and that as I have trusted him as my Savior and Lord, He has given joy and peace.  He has not only given me a new life today and tomorrow, but forever.

My life had always been busy. I worked. I got married. I had children. I volunteered. I attended church and studied the Bible. My life is now more precious than I had previously realized. This life is like a vapor – a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. We must build our lives on the foundation of faith in Christ – understanding that apart from Him we are nothing. He loves you so. James 4:14 and John 15:5

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.    Hebrews 13:8  The Holy Bible

There is a particular word that can stop time.  It is the word that will be like a bee sting.  It is a word that makes all things new.  In the nano second after you hear this word, whatever was bothering you will suddenly seem extremely trivial and unimportant.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, your perspective changes.  All of a sudden, you want to tell someone that you care, that you are sorry for every single cross word you ever uttered.

December 13, 1996
I received a biopsy report.  I knew the report would show “it is something” or “it is nothing”; but my doctor did not say, “It is nothing.”  Instead, he very calmly said, “Mrs. King, you have infiltrating ductile carcinoma.”  This was an unexpected blow.  Other people get cancer.  I was only 43 years old.  We had two children at home and they certainly still needed a mother.  I called my husband and he immediately came home from work.  All of our priorities changed.  It didn’t matter that Christmas presents weren’t wrapped or that a Christmas light had burned out on the roof.

December 13, 2016
Today is my twenty-year anniversary as a cancer survivor.  I am grateful for these twenty years and consider each one a gift from God.  In the last couple of years, our daughter has had twins and our son has been married.  While I know they would have been able to live without me, I am very thankful that I was able to be there to support and encourage them.  I know they would have been able to live without me, but I think a part of life would have been sad.

These are lessons I learned from cancer and it is what I shared in a Survivor’s Speech at a Relay for Life in Hollywood, Florida, ten years ago.  It is still true today.

We can all say that cancer changes things.  During my 9 months of treatment I prayed a lot and asked myself many questions and I came through that time learning many things.

#1   My life is precious to me and every day is a gift…a gift not to be taken for granted.  

#2   People have great capacity for compassion and kindness.

#3   Faith and hope are real.  As a Christian I have great comfort and peace knowing that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of my life.  Cancer deepened my faith and increased my hope. 

#4   Pray for wisdom for researchers to unlock mysteries about this disease.  Pray for wisdom for doctors who treat cancer patients.  Pray for wisdom for families as they make important decisions. I pray that all of us will be wise about this disease and what we can do to prevent it.  We as survivors are members of a club that we don’t want you or anyone in your family to join – the dues are too high.  It has been said that people change their lifestyles for three reasons:  fear, pain and wisdom.  So I pray that you will be free from fear.  I pray that you will be free from pain; but, most importantly, I pray that we will all have an abundance of wisdom to take what we already know about cancer and be proactive and live a healthier life – physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

This is a special day ~ I never want to forget how it felt twenty years ago today when a doctor called and my life was suddenly changed.

Yesterday a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. My heart sank and then I remembered that even in the pain, cancer cannot steal joy. As we approach Easter, I’m reminded that cancer cannot destroy the hope we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I also remembered this “Survivor’s Speech” that I gave at a RELAY FOR LIFE rally in Hollywood, Florida in 2006.  I must have saved a copy of it because it meant something to me.  I hope that now – 9 years later – these words still ring true and will have meaning for someone else.  To encourage someone who needs to be encouraged, bless someone who needs to be blessed and inspire someone who needs to be inspired. And to my fellow cancer survivors and to those who are presently in the struggle, I still say, “God bless you.”

Opening Ceremony Survivor’s Speech
RELAY FOR LIFE
Hollywood, Florida
Friday, April 28, 2006

My name is Karen King.  I was diagnosed with cancer in December 1996 – almost 10 years ago!  To my fellow cancer survivors, I say “God bless you!”  I know many of you have suffered and are suffering more than I.  It is an honor to represent you and my hope is that I represent you well.

I think that we can all say that cancer changes things.  During my 9 months of treatment I prayed a lot and asked myself many questions and I came through that time learning many things.

#1   My life is precious to me and every day is a gift…a gift not to be taken for granted.  And as  cancer survivors I know we can all appreciate having hair – in any amount!  We can all agree that there are no longer any “bad hair” days!”

#2   People like you have great capacity for compassion and kindness and for this we as survivors are so grateful and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

#3   Faith and hope are real.  As a Christian I have great comfort and peace knowing that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of my life.  Cancer deepened my faith and increased my hope.

Many people have worked hard – very hard – to bring about this Relay for Life.  We appreciate their efforts and the efforts that each one of you has given to support the American Cancer Society and the cause to fight cancer in all of its forms.  As you walk the track today I ask you to pray for wisdom.  Pray for wisdom for researchers to unlock mysteries about this disease.  Pray for wisdom for doctors who treat cancer patients.  Pray for wisdom for families as they make important decisions.

Finally, I pray that all of us will be wise about this disease and what we can do to prevent it.  We as survivors are members of a club that we don’t want you or anyone in your family to join – the dues are too high.  It has been said that people change their lifestyles for three reasons:  fear, pain and wisdom.  So I pray that you will be free from fear.  I pray that you will be free from pain; but, most importantly, I pray that we will all have an abundance of wisdom to take what we already know about cancer and be proactive and live a healthier life – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Thank you.

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BOATLIFT 9-11

BOATLIFT 9-11

In the decade-plus years since 9.11, I had never heard this story.

After the terrorists attack of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011, Manhattan shut down – all subways, tunnels, bridges, and trains were closed.  People ran to the water’s edge.  Realizing there was no way off the island, some even jumped in the water.  Others trying to flee began to overload boats that were already anchored there.

Coast Guard 9.11

US Coast Guard Pilot Boat #1 knew that they could not handle this situation alone and they made a brave decision.  The Coast Guard sent out a radio alert to boats in the area – asking any and all boats to respond to Governor’s Island.

And the boats came.

 

This YOU TUBE video is a story of the courage, compassion and heroism of these “regular citizens”.

The largest sea evacuation* in history, in less than nine hours, nearly 500,000 civilians were rescued from Manhattan by boat.

May God richly bless these people who took action and came to the aid of fellow citizens in their hour of dire need – disregarding personal harm for the sake of those they did not know.  I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their immediate response.

*The next largest sea evacuation was Dunkirk in WWII when 330,000 British and French troops were rescued over a period of nine days.

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