This is my article that was published today in the Natoma-Luray Independent section of The Russell County News, and will be published tomorrow in The Plainville Times.
Look for Jesus
There is a bit of a phenomena on facebook that every time there is a tragedy, people immediately begin sharing a picture of Mr. Rogers with a quote that goes something along the lines of ‘when you see people in danger or in trouble, look for the helpers, look for those who are there to help others.’
I think of that quote as we mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001. I remember watching the events of that day on the news; and each year, for one reason or another, I am drawn in to watch many of the specials on television recalling the events of that day. And the one thing that is forever etched in my memory is seeing the police officers and firefighters and other rescue workers, covered in dust, helping others.
It is easy to look for the helpers when tragedy occurs; they are often wearing uniforms and carrying equipment that marks them clearly as being there to help others. What is not so easy to see, is where Jesus is. Many people even are shown crying out in the midst of the tragedy, asking where God is, and why He is allowing these things to happen to His people.
Another memory that is forever etched in my mind from September 11, 2001 is a cross. It is actually two pieces of steal that crossed at some juncture to keep the building standing. Yet when the towers collapsed, and there was no building left, these two pieces remained; and in the midst of the rubble and death and destruction, was a perfectly formed cross.
That cross served as a symbol of hope and comfort to those who grieved, to those who sought answers, and to those participated first in the search and rescue, and later in the clean-up. In the midst of an absolute nightmare, stood tall the symbol of triumph over death and the grave.
You will always see helpers when tragedy strikes, and thanks be to God for that. But you will also see Jesus. He will be the one standing victorious over death and the grave; standing triumphant over sin; standing strong, protecting those who are weak. Look for Jesus; you will always see Jesus. Thanks be to God for that.
God Bless! Pastor Schmidt