Century Marks

End of discussion: A church youth group was discussing how 9/11 affected their prayer life. One young man said he’s not been able to pray since that event, since he assumes that many of the people in those planes and buildings were praying that God would spare them, and their prayers weren’t answered. Another fellow said he can’t pray for a different reason: he assumes that the terrorists were praying to Allah for courage to follow through on their plans, and their prayers were answered. Then a young woman said that she is still praying. Being an artist, she tends to pray with images, she said, and in her images the victims and the perpetrators of 9/11 are sitting around a table in heaven, trying to figure out together what happened on that day. At that point the pastor intervened, saying that the scene she described is not possible, because the terrorists are in hell (story told by Mark Yaconelli at a Symposium on Youth Ministry & Spirituality, June 3).

 

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