Recently, we had the opportunity to tour St. Paul’s Chapel, miraculously untouched by the devastation of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Though many buildings were demolished or damaged, the church stood unscathed, as a beacon of hope. This was the place where hundreds of volunteers showed their love and care to the rescue workers as well as to the survivors waiting for news of their loved ones. Unfortunately, many were killed in the explosions. The volunteers served those people as Jesus had served his disciples. They washed and massaged the weary feet of the police, firemen and emergency workers at Ground Zero.
At first, the workers simply stretched out on the pews of the church to grab a couple hours sleep; then the volunteers began to bring in cots. Others washed the sheets each day. Services were held daily in that tiny church. Many people, counselors and ministers were there simply to care. It was love in action.
Colossians 3:12 (NIV) “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
There were many tears in our eyes as we lingered over the tributes to those who died and those who served to make a difference. I thought of Christ who gave His life so we may live. While He was on earth, He heard the cries of needy people and offered healing and the way to eternal life.