By Dexter Harper
With the focus of the nation and perhaps the world tuned to the events of a decade ago on the tenth anniversary of 9-11, praise and worship for the Lord anchored the hearts and souls of many. Reflections of the past, remembering what once was with a renewed hope for a better future. When does hope arrive? Is hope the beginning of a dream or the continuation of a journey? Is hope evident in the toil of rebuilding and the re-erecting of structures?
Long before September 11, 2001 a church building set in disrepair, neglected and often abandon at the corner of 13th and Taylor. It stood silently by as the towers fell on September 11, 2001. If not for a dream and a vision it would still be silent.
Many months ago Reverend Robert Graves set in motion the events that would lead up to the rebuilding and re-dedication of God’s House on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
Lord how will I ever get through this he thought as he first walked in to the building, lifted his head and saw the sky through the holes in the ceiling. Where would he gather the strength to continue crossed his mind as he gazed upwards?
A familiar passage of scripture gave him solace and assured him of his direction:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
Psalms 121 – NKJV
On Sunday, September 11, 2011 with many months of toil, trouble, tribulation and sacrifice behind him, Pastor Robert Graves delivered the opening service sermon at Anderson Chapel Sanctuary of Praise.
“There’s still work to be done”, says Pastor Graves and he encourages others to come and participate as Anderson Chapel begins growing and serving God. Excited about the opportunities that the journey holds Pastor Graves quotes Psalm 23:1 “The Lord in my Shepherd, I shall not want.”, because he knows that by working together in Christ all things are possible.
If your way seems cloudy or your life is being tossed by to and fro or you just need to renew your hope:
Stop gaze upward and remember there is a Sanctuary and you are welcomed at Anderson Chapel Sanctuary of Praise.