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He will heal our land

Pastor Jim Beilstein of Trinity Lutheran Church is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association.

A few years ago while on vacation my wife, Mary, and I stayed next to the hole in the ground that was formally the World Trade Center Towers. It was evident that the tragedy was still very fresh in the minds of those whose lives were so greatly impacted. The bell captain who showed us to our room almost wept as he related the events of that infamous day. Fortunately the staff and all the guests of this Hilton Hotel had been evacuated five minutes before the collapse of the first tower.

Last month “we remembered” the 10-year anniversary of that terrible attack on the United States of America. The remembering brought back vivid memories of seeing on the television screen, first one airplane then another airplane destroy the World Trade Center Towers. I mourned once again the senseless death and destruction of many innocent lives. I feared once again the destruction of our wonderful country by an enemy that is ruthless and evil.

But as I thought about that tragedy, it began to occur to me that it is not the evil from the outside that usually destroys a society, but the evil from within. Even though this tragedy brought people together for a short period of time, I think most of us will concur that in the 10 years since the 9/11 attacks our country seems to be going down the wrong path. Rather than going down God’s path of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, we seem to be acting in opposite ways.

The opposite of God’s path was very evident in the recent shootings at the IHOP in Carson City. The evil that cut short the lives of four people is beyond description. The lives of the families of those who died will never be quite the same as neither will the lives of those who were wounded. I pray that all of those who were affected by that tragedy will be healed, and that those living in Carson City and the Carson Valley will be healed as there is hope for us in the Words of the Lord.

“…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV)

We need to remember as we move forward to follow the path that God has set out for us as individuals and as a society. Please join me this month in calling on the Lord to heal each of us and in turn heal our immediate area and our land which we love so much.