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During his sermon at the Washington National
Cathedral on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrances for the victims
of the terrorist bombings on the World Trade Center in New York, NY and
on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Dr. Billy Graham drew a parallel between
the destruction in New York and society.
"When damaged, those buildings eventually
plummeted to the ground, imploding in a moment's time. Yet underneath the
debris is a foundation that was not destroyed," Graham said.
With time, the debris will be carted
away and something will be rebuilt where the proud twin towers once stood,
but today, all is lost, except the foundation.
There is another foundation that is
standing fast,– the firm foundation of dedication and loyalty of the fire
fighters, police officers and rescue workers who continue to sift through
the rubble, against impossible odds, to try to rescue anyone who is still
alive. Its been over a week of 12 hour shifts since they pulled anyone
from their concrete and steel prison, yet they continue to work.
I would have given up days ago, but
not these men and women of steel–they continue on. They don’t work
because their odds of success are high, they work because that’s who they
are. While the rest of us run from trouble and danger, as we should,
they run to it. There is something at the core of their being
that makes them work through exhaustion. It conquers despair and
defeats doubt, at the core of their being–their foundation–is hope.
If the terrorist’s goal was to destroy
our buildings and kill our innocent people, they succeeded.
But if their goal was to destroy our foundation–our hope and our resolve,
they failed miserably. Soon they will find out how miserably they