October 22nd 2001: One thing we all have in common since the horrible events of September 11, 2001 is change. Our "normal" isn't so normal anymore. A week after the tragedy, I drove up to Dayton, Ohio to sing and speak at a women's conference. I have to admit that it was hard to smile and joke around like I usually do. Life seems so serious now. We awake every day to a different world than the one we shared before the attacks.

Two weeks ago I was singing in Worcester, Massachusetts. I had to fly for the first time since that horrible day. I have been flying ever since I was in the early years of my life and have never had much fear about it, but this flight was as if I had never flown before. Boarding the plane, just like I have for so long, I placed my hand on the outside and asked God to bless, protect and carry the plane to safety. A fight attendant noticed what I was doing and smiled at me with a sense of understanding and gratefulness. I looked the pilots up and down as I got on. I noticed every sound, every passenger, and every look in the eyes of the flight attendants. Instead of pretending to rest my eyes as we took off I prayed aloud. The biggest change in me since September 11th is that I am more bold about my faith in Jesus Christ.

I happen to be reading in Job right now. One message that is loud and clear is that even in Job's horrible trials, he held on to the one thing he knew to be true. God is more powerful than any trouble he faced. Job didn't understand why he was in such turmoil and pain. I have to say, it is hard to understand, but I'm sure many are waking up to this same confusion.

After reading, I often flip elsewhere in the Word to get in one more verse before I pray. This morning after reading Job, my bible opened up to Isaiah 35 and I had underlined verse 4 some years earlier. Wow, thank you Lord. That verse was like an answer to so many things I was feeling. My little kitchen turned into a church meeting. The verse reads, "Say to those with fearful hearts, be strong, and do not fear, your God will come, he will come with vengeance, with divine retribution, He will come to save you". I may not know what will be on the news today but I know God is aware and in control.


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