Dear God!

       WHY!?! How could such an atrocity as the "911 Bombing" take place in a country whose motto is God Bless America"? Have you forgotten us? Have we gone so far astray that we no longer have your hand upon us? Please tell us what to do. I feel abandoned. Dear Abandoned,

       You are not alone. Many today are feeling the same, and wondering, just as you are..." what do we do now?"

       Romans 12:10 & Hebrews 13:1 tell us: to "let brotherly love continue." "For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

       It has been said that adversity introduces us to ourselves. How do we react when all around us seems to be caving in? When there is no more hope, only pain? Will we then begin to doubt the One who has brought us through so many trials, tests, and tribulations? Or will we hold on tightly to the One, and only One who cannot lie?

        "Neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come...shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38&39)

       God is a merciful God. He is a good God. He is a loving God. We can trust Him, even when the world around us collapses. He never said that it would be easy. In fact, He told us that in the world we "...WILL have tribulation" (John 16:33) But Jesus goes on to encourage us to "be of good cheer," because He has "overcome the world."

       If He has overcome the world, and He lives in us, then so can we any and every situation.

       As I write this column today, I must admit that it is a hard thing to focus on anything but the recent tragedy that has hit our country. But I take great comfort in God's Word, which tells us "all things work together for good to those who love God". (Romans 8:28)

       God hasn't left us. We are going through a test, and we are passing with red, white and blue flying colors. President Bush spoke for us eloquently when he said; "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil" (Psalm 23:4). That kind of courage and determination mirrors the mindsets of our forefathers. God bless America!

Gail Ramsey, an ordained minister, portrayed the role of Susan Moore on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. She had other roles on the TV programs Mike Hammer, Generations and California Dreams. Today, Ramsey leads Semeion Ministries, where readers can write her at P.O. Box 77, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.