I Am Not Afraid


I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.
I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

13 years later, I still can not believe some people took some airplanes and did what they did. They day after 9-11 I wrote this poem and emailed it to some friends. Somehow a Christian radio station in Dallas Texas got a hold of it and read it on the air. In memory of 9-11 I am sharing it again here.

On 9-11-01 Satan manifested himself in the terrorists who were glad to die if they could destroy someone else. On that same day God was manifested in the rescue workers, who were glad to die if they could just save someone else.

               I Am Not Afraid

I am not afraid of bigotry and hate in the terrorists’ hearts.

I am afraid of the bigotry and hate in MY heart.

I am not afraid to die as a Christian in a terrorist attack.

I am afraid to live without Jesus even in times of peace.

I am not afraid to die at the hand of a terrorist tomorrow, having shared God’s love with someone today.

I am afraid to live to be a hundred and ten, never having shared God’s love.

I am not afraid to walk through the valley of death with my Jesus.

I am afraid to walk over the highest mountain without Jesus.

I am not afraid of my loved ones dying in an explosion tomorrow.

I am afraid of my loved ones living without Jesus.

I am not afraid of a terrorist taking my life away from me.

I am afraid of me taking my life away from Jesus.

I am not afraid of terrorists exhibiting hatred.

I am afraid of Christians not exhibiting love.

1 John 4:4   Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 4:18 -21 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

John 16:33   These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Psalms 91:5 tells us if we love God we do not need to fear terror. There were some that day who died, knowing they were saved and would see Jesus. For these precious souls the would be terrorists totally failed to terrorize.

6 thoughts on “I Am Not Afraid

  1. William, that is a beautiful, inspired, inspiring poem. Sure the Lord has given you many talents, and the best part is that you are using them for His glory, and to atract many to our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Thank you for having me in your e-mail list.

    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
    His praise endures forever.”
    Psalm 111:10

  2. Thanks William for revealing, in your poem, that the real enemy is much closer than the terrorists. ‘SELF” is the true enemy and a much greater threat to us if we do not have Jesus.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Super Duper!
    I remember that day in a certain way since NYC is 2 hours away. One of the men on the plane that flew into the tower tried to stop the attacker. His wife was on TV and she had 3 children. She had so much faith in God and expressed it on TV and in the book that she wrote with her story. I often think of her and now her children are grown and I wonder how has her and her children’s lives been since her husband and the kid’s dad died. It’s been 13 years and pretty amazing that God has been holding back more terrorism for all these years.
    Thanks for the post and the poem. Lovely and inspirational!

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