Lets all say a prayer for the United States, the president and the
military today. The hijacking of four planes with United States citizens
and then the crash of two of those planes into the world trade center and
the crash of a third into the U.S. Pentagon that has left the country in
a state of devastation and fear. Many people have lost loved ones. We
are a country that has been left in shock unparalleled in decades. Please
pray that the government will find a way to keep us all safe, that the
people will find a place of comfort with God and that the lives lost will
not be for naught. Pray that those people have found a place with God
and give comfort to those left behind. Pray that those still alive can be
saved and that the doctors, emergency staff, and military have God's hand
upon them as they do their work. Let's also pray for each other, that we
all find a way to reach out to loved ones whose lives will be forever changed.
All of this we ask in Jesus' name.
(this was e-mailed to me, author unknown)
This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
America: The Good Neighbor.
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial
broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television Commentator. What follows
is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous
and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a
lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who
poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts.
None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the
United States. When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who
propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I
was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This
spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped. The Marshall
Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now
newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the
United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a
plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10?
If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly
American Planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on
the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German
technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find
men on the moon not once, but several times - and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for
everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here
on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting
American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the
Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went
broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.
Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't
think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing
them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when
they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their
present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."
Stand proud, America! Wear it proudly!!
This is one of the best editorials that I have ever read regarding the United States. It
is nice that one man realizes it. I only wish that the rest of the world would realize it.
We are always blamed for everything, and never even get a thank you for the things we do.
I would hope that each of you would send this to as many people as you can and emphasize
that they should send it to as many of their friends until this letter is sent to every
person on the web. I am just a single American that has read this.