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Memories and Revelation
By Catherine C. Brooks

     On Tuesday September 11, 2001, at 8:55, I turned the television on CBS to hear the dayís weather forecast before I heard the world news on the 700 Club. I couldnít believe what I saw and heard. Shocked. I remembered the way I had felt on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1941, when the announcement broke in on Rev. Fryhoff, our Evangelical Friends Pastor in Newport News, as he spoke from the radio station. I could do nothing but ease myself in the nearest chair and listen as I had done with my parents and sister on that day long ago. In sixty years my body had aged but emotions remained unchanged.

     Earlier a friend had called, making plans to join me for much of the day out of town. She called back to tell me her plans had changed. I heard anger in her voice and fearótheir three children live in Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. area. The phones in their area no longer operated. I remained in shock. I couldnít cry but my heart grew heavier with each announcement. I prayed for our President, for the people in New York and then those at the Pentagon site. Isnít that what I had done when Pearl Harbor had been attacked? I knew God remained in control. Just like I never understood why my husband had lived through World War II to be taken from me when we were still in our 40s, I didnít understand this attack.

     On December 7th, 1941, we had gone to the evening church service where only a few of us had heard the announcement. We had a prayer meeting and a short scripture instead of the usual service. I felt glad our small group, who meet in homes on Monday or Tuesday evenings, had a prayer meeting scheduled on Tuesday the 11th. Three of us met a little late but prayed fervently, finishing just before President George W. Bush gave his speech. We still face uncertainty, but God is still in control. Iíll lean on Him for strength. 

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