fBlessed be the gGod and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and hGod of all comfort, 4iwho comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in jChrist's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.1 6 kIf we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you lshare in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. 2Corinthians 1; 1-7
Remembering those who still refused to be comforted and never recovered from the horrors of 9/11. If memory serves me correctly, our country had not seen bloodshed on our soil since the Civil War. Up until 10 years ago the bloodshed happened in other countries around the world. Plenty of American blood being shed in other lands. For the war on terror thousands of men and women in our armed forces have been killed. Our country is torn about whether or not we should have entered this new type of warfare.
The Apostle Paul continues:
For we did not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
So we want to prayerfully support those in uniform and the lives forever changed by the events of 9/11 and to always hold out the Banner of Hope.