Why does it take tragedy to bring us together? That's what Franklin Graham wants to know. Graham, like many others, has noted the fortunate side effect of the many natural disasters that have recently struck America is a divided country coming together. He remembers that this was also a blessing from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Graham remembered the many lives lost in New York in his Facebook post on Monday. "Why does it take a tragedy to unite a nation? In the aftermath of 9/11, we saw the best in Americans as we responded to the worst terrorist attack in our history. Still today, 16 years later, we remember and grieve the lives lost."
The Christian leader also honored the soldiers who have fought to preserve our freedom against terrorism, specifically from Islamic extremists: "We also think of those who have sacrificed and fought the enemy of Islamic terrorism, here and around the world, to defend our freedoms."
But you can hear Graham's longing for national unity in his next words: "When tragedy strikes, historically Americans pull together. Neighbors help neighbors; strangers help each other—without giving a thought to political affiliation or any other differences. Once again with the disasters of Harvey and Irma, we see ordinary citizens rise up as heroes. I hope in the coming days we can build on this unity and remember the importance of being 'one nation under God.'"
"We need to seek His comfort, His help, His direction, and His forgiveness," concluded Graham, ending with this verse, "'For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you' (Psalm 86:5)."
What do you think of Graham's post? Have you also been encouraged by the way Americans have come together to help one another, regardless of racial, religious, and political boundaries? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments! Thank you!
Tragically, ISIS has claimed responsibility for another 9/11 terrorist attack which just occurred today.