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Story from 9-11

A man from Norfolk, VA called a local radio
station to share this on Sept 11th, 2003. His
name was Robert Matthews. These are his words:

A few weeks before Sept 11th, my wife and I
found out we were going to have our first
child. She planned a trip out to California
to visit her sister. On our way to the air-
port, we prayed that God would grant my wife
a safe trip and be with her. Shortly after
I said 'amen' we both heard a loud pop and
the car shook violently. we had blown out a
tire. I replaced the tire as quickly as I
could, but we still missed her flight. Both
very upset, we drove home.

I received a call from my father who was
retired FDNY. He asked what my wife's flight
number was, but explained that we missed the
flight. My father informed me that her flight
was the one that crashed into the southern
tower. I was too shocked to speak. My father
also had more news for me; he was going to help.
'This is not something I can just sit by for, I
have to do something.' I was concerned for his
safety, of course, but more because he had never
given his life to Christ. After a brief debate,
I knew his mind was made up. Before he got off
of the phone, he said, 'take good care of my
grandchild.' Those were the last words I ever
heard my father say; he died while helping in
the rescue effort.

My joy that my prayer of safety for my wife had
been answered quickly became anger. Anger at God,
at my father, and at myself. I had gone for nearly
2 years blaming God for taking my father away. My
son would never know his grandfather, my father
had never accepted Christ, and I never got to say
goodbye.

Then something happened. About 2 months ago, I
was sitting at home with my wife and my son,
when there was a knock on the door. I looked
at my wife, but I could tell she wasn't ex-
pecting anyone. I opened the door to a couple
with a small child. The man looked at me and
asked if my father's name was Jake Matthews.
I told him it was. He quickly grabbed my hand
and said, 'I never got the chance to meet your
father, but it is an honor to meet his son.'

He explained to me that his wife had worked in
the World Trade Center and had been caught in-
side after the attack. She was pregnant and had
been caught under debris. He then explained that
my father had been the one to find his wife and
free her.

My eyes welled up with tears as I thought of my
father giving his life for people like this. He
then said, 'there is something else you need
to know.' His wife then told me that as my
father worked to free her, she talked to him
and led him to Christ. I began sobbing at the
news. Now I know that when I get to heaven, my
father will be standing beside Jesus to welcome
me, and that this family would be able to thank
him themselves."

When their baby boy was born, they named him
Jacob Matthew in honor of the man who gave
his life so mother and baby could live.

This story should help us to realize two
things: First, that though it has been two
years since the attacks, we should never let
it become a mere tragic memory. And second,
but most important, God is always in control.

We may not see the reason behind things, and
we may never know this side of heaven, but
God is ALWAYS in control.

Please take time to share this amazing story.
You may never know the impact it may have on
someone.



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