by Art Morgan

"For these things I weep; my eyes flow with tears;
for a comforter is far from me, one to revive my courage;
my children are desolate, for the enemy has prevailed.”
(Lamentations 1:16)

        On the morning of September 11, 2001 we were in Los Angeles to catch a Swiss Air flight to Zurich, Switzerland. We had booked three weeks in a Swiss chalet for hiking and traveling and celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.
        Every person in the modem world will be able to remember where they were on that day and how they learned that unknown enemies had taken Boeing planes, along with crews and passengers, for use as suicide bombers against the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and the White House. Three of the attacks reached their targets while the fourth was forced to crash in Pennsylvania.
        We were checking the morning news in our motel near LAX when the terrifying pictures appeared on the TV screen. We thought it must be a movie channel showing a horror movie. It was not a movie.
        For four days we were semi-stranded in that motel. We sought information about our tour and possible flights. Cancellations and re-bookings were done. Many phone calls and hours on hold. As with millions of travelers, we could only wait or seek other transportation. When it became evident that there would be no flight to Switzerland and that we could not get a flight back to Oregon we inquired about rental cars and Amtrak. Both were fully booked. Then we thought of friends we knew to be driving to Oregon and invited ourselves to ride with them. They graciously complied.
        We were only mildly inconvenienced when compared to those related to the tragic deaths of thousands, or with travelers who did not have motel rooms.
        Like millions of Americans, we spent our time watching the news unfold grimly before our eyes. We experienced the feelings and thoughts shared by others. In addition, as a preacher of sorts, I reflected on the situation through my theological and biblical lenses. I jotted some notes that I decided to turn into “sermons” to preserve and share my thoughts.
        As the days pass and I read articles and letters to the editors, I see many of my own thoughts. Mine are not necessarily original. What may be different is my use of some biblical materials in relation to the events.
        At any rate, I offer these few (and brief) “sermons” for what they may be worth.
        Comments are welcome to Art Morgan, 25921 SW Airport Ave., Corvallis, OR  97333 or
(Note: Art Morgan is a “Reverend Dr.”, retired Christian Church (Disciples) minister, and Minister/President of Moment Ministiies, primarily serving those outside the organized church. 
  I.  Goliath And David
 II.  Weeping Over Jerusalem
III.  When The Lord Roars
IV.  Being A Christian In Hard Times
 V.  Praying In America
 VI.  I Wanna Go Home
VII.  How A King Grieves
IIX.  When Towers Fall
 IX.  Afflicted But Not Crushed
  X.  A Balm In Gilead?