9/11 A REFRESHED PERSPECTIVE

March 23, 2009

For many years I published an annual review report for the Police Department. One of the advantages was including items of an editorial-type comment. Each year I used “9/11 We Will Never Forget” as a ‘footer’ with the page numbers. Remembering what happened on 9/11 has always been important to me. Today I am more convinced that not only must we never forget, we have an immense ownership and action required in the issue; more than I ever envisioned.

I watched a video on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, which sent me on a quest for more information. The video was about aspects of 9/11 using Isaiah 9:10 as a basis and an old Sycamore Tree. It left many questions in my thinking which I wanted and needed to verify for myself. I found far beyond what I ever anticipated. This research has led me to understand why we can see God’s hand of favor being removed from America. I am left in awe, humbled. There is an enormous tapestry being woven and you are an important part of it. Here is the story as pieced together, quoting from various sources, with verification.
 

HISTORY

Early 1600’s
“More than three-hundred and fifty years ago Wall Street was no more than a dirt road. In 1653, early Dutch settlers built a twelve foot high defensive wall on the road to keep out rival British settlers. Although the wall was never tested in battle, and was eventually dismantled in 1699, the name stuck.” (a)

April 30, 1789
“President George Washington attended a service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s following his inauguration as the first president of the United States. After taking his oath of office at Federal Hall, Washington and his procession walked up Broadway to the Chapel. This procession including the Vice President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and both Houses of Congress, was a first taste of presidential pomp for the American public… ” (b)
 

“Resolved, That after the oath shall have been administered to the President, he, attended by the Vice President and members of the Senate and House of Representatives, shall proceed to St. Paul’s Chapel, to hear divine service. (Annals of Congress, Vol. 1, p. 25, April 27, 1789)” (c) 

“George Washington was inaugurated, and in the same way, there was a call to dedicate America, there was a call that day for prayer. And Washington gave his speech, the first ever presidential speech, and in it he gave a warning. He said, and I’m paraphrasing [site author], he said, “No nation can expect the favor of God…if it turns away from God’s ways”. Then he took all the leaders there, the House of Representatives, the Senate, all that, all of them together went on foot from the place of the inaugural and they went to a little church, a little chapel. They spent two hours dedicating America in prayer to God. Where was America dedicated to God? Where did it begin? Well, the capital then was not Washington D.C. and it wasn’t Philadelphia, it was New York City…” (d) 

“George Washington worshiped here on Inauguration Day, April 30, 1789, and attended services at St. Paul’s during the two years New York City was the country’s capital. Above his pew is an 18th-century oil painting of the Great Seal of the United States, which was adopted in 1782.” (e) 

As the appointed leader of our Nation, George Washington admonished the American people that if we were going to be the recipients of the Lord’s goodness and grace, we were going to be accountable to honor God and walk in His ways. Washington and our government leaders had a two hour prayer service, dedicating and laying the foundation of this country before God. America’s covenant with the Lord was the humble altar of St. Paul’s Chapel, New York. 

How did America get so far off the path? Have we ignored the words of Washington’s admonition? 

1792

“The New York Stock Exchange has roots that go back to a spring day in 1792, when a group of 24 men met outside 68 Wall Street in the shade of a huge sycamore tree that locals called a ‘buttonwood’. They set down the rules they would trade by and called it the Buttonwood Agreement. Later that year, trading moved into a room on the second floor of the Tontine Coffee House, where it remained until 1817.”  (f)  The grand Financial District of New York was born. 

OUR ERA

September 11, 2001

This was a horrific day in our Nation’s history. And yet…. our God revealed His mercy. He hears our prayers, He holds onto the pleas of our hearts through generations. He honors them as we honor Him. Amidst the tragedies, the heroic sacrifices, miracle upon miracle happened that day. 

St. Paul’s Chapel is an awe-inspiring story. One of the old Sycamore trees was uprooted, overlaying the chapel, becoming a shield of protection over this humble spot.   (g) This small chapel, dwarfed on all sides by New York’s Financial District, remained unscathed.  The Twin Towers were directly across the street from where George Washington, placed America’s future on the altar of St. Paul’s Chapel, seeking God’s blessing and governance over the land and its people. Our Heavenly Father’s hand of protection carefully guarded that sacred covenant altar in the midst of chaos. 

The church of our Nation’s initial heart cry was protected from damage as carnage spread around it in all directions. Not only was it protected, it was vital. The church served the first responders and workers, for weeks and weeks, ministering to their needs of food, rest and peace. God proved He remembers! He knows our hearts, He is calling us to pay attention and come back to our covenant. 

Two Years Prior –

In ancient history a watchman stood on the wall or at the gate of a city and trumpeted a warning to the people when he saw harm approaching. In 1999 a Messianic Rabbi had harkened to God’s call to be a “Watchman” on the Jewish Feast of Trumpets. He, along with others, went to the area considered “the wall” built to protect America. There Rabbi Cahn stood and sounded the ancient horn of watchfulness and warning. He stood in Manhattan where “The Wall” of early America was built. 

A local television station broadcast it throughout New York, during this news broadcast as the horn was being sounded, a plane could be spotted in the background, passing behind the Twin Towers. A true “God Moment”. 

That was September 11, 1999. He believed and warned the people of impending danger. Exactly two years later, where the trumpet had sounded buildings lay in rubble. We were warned before we were wounded.  (h)  

September 12, 2001

This was spoken by Tom Daschle on the floor of the Senate. “Nothing can replace the losses that have been suffered. I know there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible, from Isaiah, that I think speaks to all of us at times like this. ‘The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.’ That is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover.”  (h)

John Edwards used the exact same quote at a yearly memorial ceremony at Ground Zero years later.


 July 4, 2004
The Freedom Stone, hewed from the granite of New York’s mountains. It is inscribed:

“TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND AS A TRIBUTE TO THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF FREEDOM. – JULY FOURTH 2004” 

Governor George Pataki added: “Today, we, the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone and unmistakably signal to the world the unwavering strength of this nation and our resolve to fight for freedom,” then-Gov. George Pataki solemnly declared that day. “Today, we build the Freedom Tower.”

 

An Aside Note –  Previously, in 2003 the root ball of the fallen, protective Sycamore tree was removed. It was replaced by a Spruce. Today “Trinity Roots,” a bronze sculpture by Steve Tobin is installed on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway memorializing the extraordinary act of God’s protection by the sycamore tree.


 January 31, 2002 ~ Another “God Moment”
Gary Suson, a 9/11 memorializing photographer was going through the rubble of the North Tower with an NYFP Chief. He saw some papers and took some pictures. Read it in his own words:

“…I shot three frames. The first was of some police letter. I saw something sticking out from underneath and moved the papers. Underneath was some wet burnt papers. Three pages. They were from the Bible. I was awed. I took two pictures. It was not until later, when I got the roll back from the lab that I fell over in my chair. The page facing me..ok sit down for this one..was Genesis 11. The Tower of Babylon. I haven’t quite figured out the message behind this, but I know it will come to me….”
Like him, I am in awe of God’s ways.

http://www.septembereleven.net/page141.htm The photo is copyrighted so I could not insert it here.

 FAMILY HISTORY

To Personalize This

Grandma Hannah Jane Maud Harris Studham’s lineage meanders throughout the Dutch Settlement of New York. Her ancestors were loyalists and headed to Canada during the Revolutionary War. She is twice descended from Jan Damen. Jan Jansen Damen had quite a bit of farmland and is most probably the father of the two siblings who are her ancestors; otherwise, it is their brother.
 

Let’s go for a walk and see what heritage the land of this family has to offer. Here is a map: 

 

Long before the wall was even built, pre-1644 mapping, Jan Damen owned the corner of Broadway and Wall Street (“Trinity Roots” Sculpture here), let’s start there and go down Wall Street, past the ‘buttonwood tree’ on our left, where the Buttonwood Agreement was signed. Turn left on Pearl Street, over to Maiden Lane, turn left again and follow Maiden Lane back up to Broadway, and back to Wall Street. Amazing, huh? That was his property.

 

But, not all of it! Now backtrack 200′ back up Broadway, about half way to Thames Street and cut over to Greenwich – this is where the land ended at the shoreline in 1644 and is the western border of this piece of land. Head back to Broadway, turn left and head uptown. Stop at Fulton and turn left. Look at all the property across the street, running along Fulton, that is St. Paul’s Chapel, its burial grounds and the field of sycamores. totally awesome! Continue up Fulton to where the shoreline had been…….

 You are standing in the middle of the hallowed spot of Ground Zero. A God moment? 

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Putting Together the Parts

The bricks have fallen down,  but we will rebuild with dressed stone;

the fig trees have been felled,  but we will replace them with cedars.

 Yes, it is written about Israel, but in this event it is amazing that all of it was precisely fulfilled. That precision directs our attention back to where it should be, the God of our forefathers. With Israel we share a common foundation, belief in Jehovah, Lord God Almighty. Israel is God’s beloved and always has been. America’s settling was in the pursuit of the freedom to worship Christ, His Son, without persecution. We are two nations founded within the love and blessing of Jehovah. America sought God’s blessing from the very beginning and He gave it.

The sad fact is, as our leaders used this Scripture in their speeches attempting to comfort us, they missed what it was they were saying. They were totally oblivious that it was these specific “we” attitudes which had guided us down the wrong road. “We will”- massively self-centered, willful, and arrogant. And yet, as a country we can be the most supporting, giving and selfless people when we find others in need, willingly dispensing mercy. But it shouldn’t take a crisis for us behave well. As a nation we have lived daily missing the focal point of our Nation’s covenant – dependency on God and His leading. “We will” needs to be replaced in our thinking with, “If it is His will.” 

There is a rich heritage in the American framework; it isn’t just the people of this lineage, it is all of us, no matter what our familial roots. A covenant was made on our behalf 220 years ago merging our individuality and our nationality. See how easily we can look back 350 years ago to our very foundations, touch those moments of history, and personalize them and their effects on us today? A refreshed perspective! 

We are being woven into an intricate pattern in God’s tapestry. Physically and spiritually, it is inspiring and altogether humbling. I believe we have been allowed to see a tiny glimpse of the awe and wonder of our God and His love for us.

 

 

Sources of Information and Notes:   (a) www.scotiabank.com;  (b, e) www.saintpaulschapel.org; (c) www.nationalcathedral.org; (d) www.holybibleprophecy.org; (f) www.maap.columbia.edu; (g) www.trinitywallstreet.org;  (h) www.beitsimcha.com/s_ser/Messiah05.asp (There are 7 mp3 audio files at the top of the apge giving the entire testimony.  They are about 10 minutes each, I hope you will listen.  Definitely perspective changing;  various others through “Clusty” search engine.

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One Response to “9/11 A REFRESHED PERSPECTIVE”

  1. Deb Stow said

    Greetings Teri,

    I so hope and pray that this finds you well and enjoying this day.

    I am writing you to let you know that I copied and pasted your last letter to the doves on my blog (I gave a link where the box had a space for website) anyway … I felt compelled to write you to thank you for sharing your research here (I also felt led to read your blog, thanks for the link) … I am a student always and history is most intriguing … I happen to be in love with the Author 🙂

    Blog away, you are a gifted writer and I am thankful you are sharing that gift with the readers out here in the world.

    Also … love your prayers, may they be multiplied 100 fold.

    Grace and peace to you! Deb Stow

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