Nine years ago .... We were in the ninth month of a new century, a new millennium.
Then on September 11 , America was attacked, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and thousands of innocent lives were lost.
The War on Terror continues on to this day, and there still are so many questions ....
Why do bad things ... sometimes very bad things ... happen? Why is there evil in the world?
Many books have tried to get their arms around this big question of Why?
* Rabbi Harold Kushner's When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
* Victor Frankl's Holocaust experience: Man's Search for Meaning
* William Young's The Shack .
* The world's best seller of all time - the Holy Bible ....
In 1973, Godspell - a musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew - came to the big screen. One of its catchy numbers - All for the Best - tackles some of the why questions as the lyrics can be summed up by St. Paul's assertion:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (King James Version)
Below is a video clip of that number.
(It's over 5 minutes long, but if you see anything, check out the final scene at 4:30 to 5:15.)
The final seconds of the last scene, they are literally ...
Dancing on Top of the World Trade Center
The Twin Towers were yet to be finished when Godspell was filmed, and 28 years later the World Trade Center came tumbling down.
I don't know why 9-11 - or countless other acts of evil - happen. Only God knows, and He has a plan. It seems He allows evil to run its course while moving forward with His purpose to the day when He will make all things right:
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4 (King James Version)
May the God of all Comfort be with all of you who suffered have loss, whether during the 9-11 attacks or the War on Terror. And God bless and protect our troops, who fight vigilantly to protect us and keep us safe.
Photo from Wikipedia Commons: World trade center aerial view March 2001