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Page 4 BY [ISA FIIIIEY l IIFEPOINT CHURCH As our nation reflects this week on the historic tragedy and loss of September 1 1, as well the heroism of many individuals and the progress seen this past decade on the war against terrorism, I revised the following article written nearly ten years ago. Terrorism is a mathematical miscal- culation. Terrorism cannot subtract the patriotism that has over time growndeep within the soil of our souls, first planted there by our valiant forefathers. America’s patriotic spirit has a common bond from a common ground of history. Terrorism cannot add hatred where there is a will to love by people who serve a God of love. Terrorism cannot divide a country that has already overcome divi- sion through a civil war. Even our country's name, the United States of America is a visual and verbal aflirmation of the impor- tance we place in unity. The USA’s first two letters are US. Terrorism cannot multiply one act of violence into many others—as we have proved true in the relative peace experi- enced the past decade after September 11. Terrorism cannot calculate the way courage always conquers. It has no answers how tears do not dampen democracy, but somehow, instead, irrigate it. Terror— ists only have questions as they witness our citizens continue to stand proudly to salute our flag. They cannot silence the Star Spangled banner from being sung, nor take away one star from its splendor. Perhaps they are becoming aware that the events of 9/1 1 cannot reduce old Glory to a gory story. Terrorism cannot take into account the strange phenomenon of young children and teens who still choose to be firefight- ers, healthcare workers, and police offi- cers, even after watching first responders heroically die. Terrorism cannot fraction the way Americans live, nor the way we generously give. They cannot take a ratio- nal number of patridts and turn them into an irrational number of bigots. For truth be told, beinganAmericanis ournation’s least common denominator, and our greatest common denominator. , Terrorists cannot measure the height that a wounded eagle can gain, nor its abil- ity to fly more majestic than ever before. They cannot estimate the unlimited pos- sibilities of hope, strength, and peace that comes from the Creator of these God-given abilities that have exponential power. Terrorism cannot total all that is found America’s resolve, nor the sum of its restoration. Most importantly it cannot factor in fear to a people who have found the formula of faith. Terrorists may change the horizon, but they are powerless to change the power that lies beyond it— the power behind the phrase “One Nation Under God". snohomishe’ real help " honoursn / Holy CrosCatholrc Church OMMUNI" CHURcl'I Religion & SpirituaI Thoughts The After “Math” of Terrorism ' real friends ' real faith real adventure JOIN US ON SUNDAYS 9:00am and 10:45am Serving Lake Stevens, Snohomish, and beyond Lake Stevens Journal September 21, 2011 . Keeping the Faith: No need to keepjumping ao-Ieoeneeneenooneee-uoeoeeoeenoonenee-o.e-eoeoeeeeeoeee-oe-eu-eoneon-eeoeeeoeeoooeooeoeeo BY IIOIIIIIE MCBIIAYEII I CONTRIBUTING WRITER There’s a proverb that says if you love something, let it go. If it returns, it’s yours. Ifnot, well, it never belonged to you in the first place. But had my son Braden written that proverb it would go more like this: “If you love something and it won’t cooperate, stomp the guts out of it." > A fewyears ago he and I rescued a frog in our garage. I gently placed the little guy in Braden's hands. We talked about the frogs warts, his strong legs, and bulging eyes. Af- ter the brief science lesson, we set him free. Braden followed his new friend around the yard for a half hour. He tried to catch it, pet it, and steer it. He wanted it back in the garage to do with it as he pleased. But the frog wouldn't oblige. In frustration Braden lurched forward and crushed the little fellow beneathhis foot. I was horrified! I momentarily con-. cluded that my wife and I were raising a sociopath. When I could finally reel in my slack jaw I asked him, “Why did you do that?” His answer was as telling as it was simple: “Because he wouldn't listen to me.” SERVICE TIMES: I3622 Dubuque Road Snohomish WA 98290 425-334-9] lll Some of us think that God is a lot like Braden. If you don't stay one step ahead of him, leaping quickly from his crushing blow, God will maliciously scrub you into the dust. God will eventually catch up to you and squash you for every evil act ever committed, every wrong thought that has crossed your mind, and for every missed Sunday service. Maybe it stems from an anxious child- hood or from bad religious experiences, but we all too often see God for less than he is.We Viewhim as some kind of irritated old school master keeping a ledger of our sins—anEbenezer Scrooge—selfish, stodgy, and never to be crossed. Orwe think of him as a vindictive bully, aneg at the world —— a cosmic Simon Cowell — one who only lets the best get by, and only then after a severe tongue lashing. Sure, a few will make it through the pearly gates, but God will b none too happy about it. . Or we may imagine God, sitting in a high and mighty palace somewhere, breathing threats and intimidation just waiting for someone to cross the line, to be noncom- pliant, so he can squash them like a bug. SEE FAITH ON PAGES Sunday School: During service a» * regch Sundays 10:00 am . ,, (425) 397-0515 9015 Vernon Rd. ( 1 Mile North of Haggen) Sunday Services Summer III Schedule E 10:00 am. only Newborn - Grade 8 late Stevens . of Lake Stevens ’& Granite Falls The following masses are now at our new site at F Lochsloy on SR 92 (1/3 mile E of Soccer fields) H . 5pm Saturday’s (6% Sunday’s at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm (Spanish), 5:00pm Mass Rel. Ed & Youth Programs also on Sundays 360-691-AMEN (2636) Youth Group: Wed: 7:00 pm. 9015 Vernon Rd. Programs for all age Meeting at the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club 1609 E. Lakeshore Drive WA 98258 0 425.334.5900 LAMB 0F gov LuTHERAN CHuRCI-f t I SUNDAY MORNING AT 10:15 AM Bible Classes, All ages at 9:00 am Meeting at: Zion Lutheran School (425) 371-2173 3923 103rd Ave. SE Lake Stevens, WA 98258 Pastor, Rick Johnson Worship/Youth Leader, Jan Novak Sunday School 9:40 am. Wednesday Worship 7 pm. wwmebenezerlakestevensorg Home of Ebenezer Lutheran Preschool- 425-397-6374 LakeS evens. Sunday 10:00 am. Morning Worship with Russ Larson 6:00 pm. Evening Worship Wednesday Groups 7:00 pm. 9 am. Sundays (& various in week): Bible classes/5m. grps 9805 3lst PI N.E. - 1425-3343700 veise your ‘chUrh or place of worship in tchurch directory . , Contact the Journal at 425-334~9252 or Want to upgrade to a larger display ad? Contact advertising at ads@Iakestevensjournalcom