"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.."
Fifteen years ago, terrorists flew commercial planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, and a failed attempt that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
These suicide attacks of horrific carnage stunned the world and caused many to turn for consolation to spiritual faith and sacred Scriptures. For this Fifteenth anniversary, the following Bible verses are of solace for you.
"I've commanded you to be brave and strong, haven't I? Don't be alarmed or terrified, because the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9)
"My God is my rock—I take refuge in him!—he's my shield and my salvation's strength, my place of safety and my shelter. My savior! Save me from violence!" (2 Samuel 22:3)
"But you, LORD, are my shield! You are my glory! You are the one who restores me" (Psalm 3:3).
"I will lie down and fall asleep in peace because you alone, LORD, let me live in safety" (Psalm 4:8).
"The LORD is a safe place for the oppressed—a safe place in difficult times" (Psalm 9:9).
"The LORD is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer. My God is my rock—I take refuge in him!—he's my shield, my salvation's strength, my place of safety" (Psalm 18:2).
"God! His way is perfect; the LORD's word is tried and true. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him" (Psalm 18:30).
"Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff—they protect me" (Psalm 23:4).
"Hope in the LORD! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the LORD!" (Psalm 27:14).
"All you who wait for the LORD, be strong and let your heart take courage" (Psalm 31:24).
"We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield" (Psalm 33:20).
"Turn away from evil! Do good! Seek peace and go after it!" (Psalm 34:14).
"The LORD loves justice. He will never leave his faithful all alone. They are guarded forever, but the children of the wicked are eliminated" (Psalm 37:28).
"Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed? Why are you so upset inside? Hope in God! Because I will again give him thanks, my saving presence and my God" (Psalm 43:5).
"Oh, I must find rest in God only because my hope comes from him!" (Psalm 62:5).
"LORD of heavenly forces, those who trust in you are truly happy!" (Psalm 84:12).
"I say to the LORD, "You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!" (Psalm 91:2).
"The person whose hope rests on the LORD their God—is truly happy!" (Psalm 146:5).
"LORD, show us favor; we hope in you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in times of distress" (Isaiah 33:2).
"Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary" (Isaiah 40:31).
"I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).
"Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you're in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer" (Romans 12:12).
"Dear friends, let's love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God" (1 John 4:7).
Pick three, write them down on an index card, and display around your home. Meditate on each for the next few weeks.