On 9-11-13: Remembering beauty for ashes

The lower perimeter columns of the north and west faces of Two World Trade Center (south tower) after the collapse of the building.

The lower perimeter columns of the north and west faces of the World Trade Center (south tower) after the collapse of the building following the attack on 9-11.

Today, September 11, 2013, marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington DC. In addition, the nation pauses to remember the one-year anniversary of the September 11, 2012 attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. On such solemn occasions, we look for rays of hope, like radiant beams of light that penetrated plumes of dust and debris on that fateful day, September 11, 2001 . This morning I thought of the passage from Isaiah 61:3 which makes known the transforming power of God:

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

The God of universe, the all-wise, all-powerful, all-loving God, can utterly transform what appears the most devastating disaster into a glorious triumph that defies all attempts to figure out how such a grand outcome is even conceivable. I thought of a blog post on Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe inspired by this comforting passage from Isaiah. I thought it would be appropriate to re-post this two-part entry on this another 9-11 commemoration:

https://drlej.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/beauty-for-ashes-and-the-power-of-god-parts-1-and-2/

https://drlej.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/beauty-for-ashes-and-the-power-of-god-part-2/

A view of the World Trade Center 9-11-11 Tribute in light from Jersey City, NJ. The red, white & blue building on the left is the new World Trade Center building (formerly known as The Freedom Tower).

A view of the World Trade Center 9-11-11 Tribute in light from Jersey City, NJ. The red, white & blue building on the left is the new World Trade Center building (formerly known as The Freedom Tower).

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2 Responses to “On 9-11-13: Remembering beauty for ashes”

  1. In My Anguish Says:

    That was well done. The book 101 Most Powerful
    Prayers in the Bibles rated that verse #28. Thanks.

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