One of my  favorite verses  from the  bible is   from the Gospel of Matthew.  Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

I don't  knpw about  you but when I put  God first  despite situations or  circumstances  I thrive because of that very  choice. Trust in God is perhaps the most forgotten whether it be in times of  distress or success. 

After all it is our human nature but God still  loves us and roots for us with the gift of  free will.

Tomorrow marks the  20th anniversary of 911, the destruction of the World Trade Center towers. 

Where were you  that day?

For me it was my  first  day at work at K-Mart.  I had  gone back to the electronics  section and  just stood in disbelief in what  seemed like an eternity .

It is all to  surreal  to this day to ponder.

Granted it was a  worldly marvel  and at a peronal level much more than a building as my mother was an on-sight nurse during their construction,my immediate repsonse was to pray for those trapped in that building.  

The very sticks out in my mind is that the next day and weeks after you could not go any where without seeing an American Flag.

It was this  act of tragedy  that shook America to return to its  core roots and values. 

In retrospect  the thing that  comes to mind in pondering time of  peril is   what  Francis Scott Key  the author of  our  American Anthem may  have felt .... In  his verse :

"And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,"  The rockets to which her referred  were the new  te leaving us chnology Congreve rockets on the brand-new British bomb ships. They were  the most sophisticated naval weapons on the planet at the time.

Rather than leaving to  ponder  what seemed a hopeless outcome he  gifted  us with a God inspired anthem of hope.

But by the light of the rockets, he saw the American flag flying, and was inspired to write a poem.  But not just any poem ...  also learly an homage to a higher power that we need t embrace whether it  be  911,  a pandemic, or politicial division we need to all  ponder Mr. Scott's verse:

"Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust":
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."

In spite of current trials  I choose  to have faith in God , even if some days it is the size of  a  mustard seed.

Man is not God and no matter who is President, we must pray  for our  President and leaders ,and put all before God this day and every day.
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