On a wall at the World Trade Center Museum, formerly known as Ground Zero is the following quote from Vigil, ” No day shall erase you from the memory of time”. The letters are made from recovered steel from the carnage of 911 by Tom Joyce a New Mexican artist. He took the ” wounded and remnant steel and forged it…into letters of hope and beauty.” This process of recreation  reminds me of Isiah 61:3 where God promises that He will give Zion beauty for ashes and Isaiah 35:6 where He  says He will bring forth streams in the desert and a road in the wilderness. I marveled, as I listened to the waterfalls and  saw the lights in Westfield World Trade Center where hitherto had  been ruins. Indeed if human enterprise could have brought this  about, then there is no limit to what God can do in our lives, no matter how bleak things may appear.

 As I saw the list of all those who lost their lives, my heart went to the families of the immortalized. One of such martyrs  is  Sadie Etteh at whose house we spent many an afternoon growing up, Only God can continue to comfort all the bereaved families. In spite of this we set up a banner in the sky in the name of our Lord. ( Psalm 20:5) . He always has the last say. He always triumphs over evil. No matter how deep and dark the night may be, joy always comes in the morning. It is not about minimizing the pain, but about God’s supremacy.

I saw the only window that survived the crash, I saw the last column that wasn’t crushed and the single wall that didn’t collapse. Out of the debris, out of the smoking and smouldering ashes have emerged grand efficies, a testimony to the fact that God always has the final say.

Designer  Women, I don’t know what you have gone through. I may not understand the crucible or trying and testing that you are in at the moment but I know that our God is able to make you emerge triumphant out of the ashes like the Phoenix. God is able and willing to weave a beautiful tapestary out of the loose threads of loss and pain. Just hold on a little why, cling to that faint glimmer of faith. God will give you the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness so that you will rebuild the old ruins and repair the ruined cities. ( Isaiah 61:3-4).

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