September 14 ~† Till the Dust Settles God Bless America

"Fall on your knees and grow there. There is no burden of the spirit but is lighter by kneeling under it. Prayer means not always talking to Him, but waiting before Him till the dust settles and the stream runs clear." ~ F. B. Meyer

Jasper Johns

As the dust settled following the unprecedented terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, President George W. Bush designated September 14, 2001 as a day of National Prayer and Remembrance. Throughout the country, thousands of unfurled American flags rallied hope and patriotism.

Bush said of the tragedy, "I weep and mourn with America. ... I wish I could comfort every single family whose lives have been affected.''

Commander-in-Chief Bush called on Americans to use their lunch breaks to go to church to remember the victims and their families. As rescuers continued to search for the wounded and collect the dead, the Nation continued to mourn with feelings of shock, horror, great sadness, and profound anger.

"Pray," said journalist Orville Kelly. "It isnít a sign of weakness; it is your strength."

Ask...and Prepare.