9/11 – Seven Years Later

As you know today marks the terrible anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001. This certainly was a day that changed me and I’m sure it had a tremendous affect on you and your family as well.

I will never forget that day or where I was and what I was doing. I had just finished up 8 years of ministry at Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis where I had served as Worship Pastor. Kim and I had sensed the Lord calling us to launch Tabor Ministries and after more than a year of prayer, study & counsel we had resigned this position. Sunday, September 9, 2001 was our last day.

The toll of this decision physically and emotionally was such a weight for both Kim and me. We had done 3 morning services on the 9th and then a farewell concert and reception that evening. We were totally spent. On Tuesday the 11th, I was still asleep when Kim came running into our bedroom to wake me up and try to describe what was going on. At that time, only the first tower had been hit in New York. As we watched in horror we all came to quickly realize that our world would never be the same.

In addition to dealing with the events of that day we were also dealing with the decision we had just made to leave our position and launch a ministry where our income was completely faith based and unpredictable. We had several months of engagements schedule, beginning on Wednesday, September 12. What would happen? Would they still want us to come? Had we made the wrong decision? Had we not heard the Lord clearly?

We were confirmed in our direction over the next few weeks, as the Lord was faithful to provide. We also realized that our ministry of encouragement was needed now more than ever. This week we celebrate 7 years of ministry and we are grateful for all that the Lord has done in and through Tabor Ministries. To God be the glory!

I will never forget where I was and what I was doing that day. I also will never forget all the people who sacrificed their lives on that day and since that day. You will never be forgotten. I am also taking some time today to pray for those who are serving our country overseas in the military and other agencies. No matter what our political beliefs happen to be, these people are serving their country and deserve our respect and appreciation. I wish I had the words to fully express my gratitude to them for standing in harms way to protect the freedoms I enjoy.

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