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September 1, 2013

ARP Children’s Gas Mask [Demonstration], Photo by Steffans-Colmer Studios Ltd., Source City of Vancouver Archives (AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-1233)

On the heels of the terror attacks of 9/11, two anthrax attacks took place.  Letters containing anthrax spores were sent to media outlets and the offices of two US Senators.  At least twenty two people were infected; five killed.  Anthrax scares followed in 2006, 2008, and 2009 which were determined to be hoaxes.

Those of us with family members living in New York, or the other cities impacted, remember the attacks well.  Terror clutched at our hearts. Time slowed.  It was difficult to breathe. Had loved ones been exposed?  Ineloquent prayers were sent heavenward.  “Please, Lord, please, let him be all right.  Let her be all right.” Hurried phone calls were made, seeking reassurance.

The attacks seemed to come out of nowhere and everywhere, leaving law enforcement initially at a loss. That added to the public’s sense of helplessness.

Now we are confronted by a new danger.  Hundreds upon hundreds in Syria have been killed by chemical weapons.  Among the dead are innocent women and children.

Our hearts go out to those who lost friends and family members in these latest attacks.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your right side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you” (Ps. 91: 5-7).

Lord God, You are our safety and assurance.  We seek You out in these difficult times.

Wars and rumors of wars abound.  Threats are made of death and pestilence.  We fear for our country.  We fear for ourselves and our children.

You promise to be with us always, Lord.  Guide our leaders.  Protect the men and women of our armed forces.  Keep our loved ones safe.

Keep Your hand upon us as we seek to do Your work and Your will.



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