Humanity Triumphs Over Tyranny

{published in A Time Of Trial, ISBN 1-894553-3006, Hidden Book Press, 2001}

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, 'My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.' For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you." (1)

September 11, 2001

Recall this day of infamy,
When hearts united skipped a beat:
The taste of terr'r and tyranny
Wretched guts -- revulsing with defeat

We stopped, we stared, without belief.
Some writhed with wrath; most simply cried.
For countless souls, there's only grief --
A friend, a spouse, a son has died.

Lord, hold Your peoples in Your hands:
Help us to heal, find peace, forgive.
Our souls, though countless as the sands,
Are each precious -- for You will live.

The hearts of God's humanity
Will quell the terr'r of tyranny.

1. Psalm 91:1-7

(c) Paul Buis, 2002