Friday, December 27, 2013

Holding to Psalm 91 / St. Paul’s Cathedral Ground Zero

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”  -Psalm 91

Took the girls to the Trade Center sight.  It was a pilgrimage of sorts, standing somberly around the construction sites, pointing to the sky as airplanes passed, whispering to my daughters truths about that horrible day.
“I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”  -Psalm 91

The courtyard of St. Paul's Cathedral remarkably remains... though glass was shattered and metal bent, this old church stood her ground.
“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.”  -Psalm 91

Photos and poems, newspaper clippings and mementos are a testament to those lose.
“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day…”  -Psalm 91

The inside of the cathedral has been turned into a memorial...
“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”  -Psalm 91

Reverence permeates this place.
“You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.”  -Psalm 91

If not for my daughters, I think the morning walking through Ground Zero would have been overwhelming... but instead I took them into the corner and talked, explained, showed them how people feel... their presence helped me mightily.
“I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call on me, and I will answer him…”  -Psalm 91

One can't help but say prayers in places like this... as we sat on the street and looked up at the new building almost finished, I couldn't  help but think of Psalm 91 and the unshakable promise of these words... how comforting these are too.

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