Remembering 9/11

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  • When: 09/11/2021
  • QIC: QIC
  • The PAX: Grounded, Bank Shot, Lawnmower Man, FNG Preacher

Warm-Up: The usual… then jog to the weight area.

The Workout: 30 seconds of work, 15 seconds of rest
• Squats
• High Plank
• Merkins
• Side Straddle Hops
• Lunge – Right Leg Forward, Then Left
• Heels to Heaven
• Squat Thrust w/ Weight
• Bicycles
• Wide Merkins
• Monkey Humpers
• Gorilla Humpers
• Supermans
• Tricep Dips
• Side Plank – Right Arm Down, Raise Left Leg
• Side Plank – Left Arm Down, Raise Right Leg
• Squat Thrust w/ Weight
• LBCs
• Merkins
• Calf Raises
• Mountain Climbers
• Leg Raises
• Squat Hold

We talked afterward about where we were when we heard of planes flying into the World Trade Center. YHC was packing a suitcase for a planned business trip to NY on September 12th. Preacher was writing a thesis. Grounded was in bed, in traction from an accident, watching in disbelief as the television showed people leaping from the towers to escape flames.

Such terrible incidents can be faith-shaking. Some may wonder, where is the mercy of God when such tragedy is unfolding, breaking hearts and shattering lives? We may not understand of the will of God; acceptance of that is a tenet of theistic faith. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done. But even in such times, when despair abounds, He imparts messages to us, messages of faith and hope and love.

In that vein, well, make of this what you will. In March 2002, a firefighter was sifting through the remaining rubble of Ground Zero and came across a Bible literally fused to a piece of a steel beam. Remarkably, it was legible, and perhaps even more amazing, it was rigidly opened to a particular page in the Gospel of Matthew that detailed Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The page features two headings: Retaliation and Love. The verses:

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

We closed with a prayer for the friends and families of those who lost their lives 20 years ago in these attacks; for the wisdom and vigilance to prevent something like this from happening again; and for strength for men to honor God’s Word through their own words and actions.

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