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“Cross” rises from World Trade Center rubble. (Click pic for larger view.)

9/11. Those two small numbers have become shorthand for an enormous range of emotions: the shock and disbelief of watching the terrorist attack on live TV, the horror of watching the twin towers collapse upon themselves, the national grief as the number of confirmed casualties grew to over 2,800, and the growing realization that we are no longer beyond the reach of terrorist attacks.

So, during this week marking the seventh anniversary, here are some of my previous posts on those enormous numbers:

We light this candle
(September 16, 2001, written by my wife for Sunday’s service)

We are strong! We will survive
(September 17, 2001, my newspaper column following the attack)

What we haven’t learned from 9/11
(September 9, 2002)

Kiss my boarding pass, bin Laden
(September 8, 2003)

Resources for dealing with terrorist attacks
(September 5, 2004)

Can “War on Terrorism” be won?
(September 11, 2005, I answered no)

Love is stronger than hate
(September 8)

The amazing photo above—taken while the World Trade Center still smoldered—reminds me that despite the threat of terror and actual terrorist attacks, nothing can separate us from the love of God:

Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35b-39).

P.S. I’ll be leaving this post up through 9/11.