Fuller Brush Rep and contributor
who travels and serves the area in and around Longview, Texas, ranging
from Shreveport, Louisiana to Dallas Texas, sends us an incredibly inspiring story
about a great American hero of 9/11.
The Faith of Todd Beamer
"I don't think we're going to get out of this thing.
I'm going to have to go out on faith."
It was the voice of Todd Beamer, the passenger --
and Wheaton College graduate -- who said "Let's roll" as he led the charge against
the terrorists who had hijacked United Flight 93, the one, you will remember, that
crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside.
The whole world knows how brave Beamer and his fellow passengers were on September
11. But this week we learned more fully what buttressed that bravery: faith
in Jesus Christ. Todd died as he lived, a faithful evangelical believer.
In an article titled "The Real Story of Flight 93," Newsweek reveals gripping new
details from the actual transcripts of the now- recovered cockpit voice recorder.
"Todd had been afraid," Newsweek relates. "More than
once, he cried out for his Savior."
After passengers were herded to the back of the jet, Beamer called the GTE Customer
Center in Oakbrook , Illinois. He told supervisor Lisa Jefferson about the
hijacking. The passengers were planning to jump the terrorists, he said.
And then he asked her to pray with him.
As Newsweek relates, "Beamer kept a Lord's Prayer bookmark in his Tom Clancy novel,
but he didn't need any prompting. He began to recite the ancient litany, and
Jefferson joined him: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name..."
As they finished, Beamer added, "Jesus, help me." And then, Beamer and his fellow
passengers prayed a prayer that has comforted millions down through the centuries
-- the prayer that David wrote in a time of great anguish: The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want . . . Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil.
And then the famous last words: "Are you guys ready?
We now know from the cockpit voice recorder that Beamer and other passengers wrestled
with the hijackers and forced the plane to crash into the ground, killing themselves
but foiling what was believed to have been the hijackers' plan to fly Flight 93
into the Capitol or the White House.
As Christians, we know that God can bring good out of evil. In Todd Beamer,
the world witnesses a faith that held up in the extremity of fear. A faith
that is even now comforting his widow and two young sons.
Lisa Beamer told NBC's Dateline, "You know, in the Lord's Prayer, it asks us to
forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." As Todd prayed
this prayer in the last moments of his life, in a way, Lisa said, "He was forgiving
those people for what they were doing, the most horrible thing you could ever do
It wasn't Todd Beamer's job to fight terrorists. He was just a passenger who along
with several others did what he didn't have to do but foiled a terrible evil that
might have been done to his country.
As Flight 93 hurtled towards destruction, Todd Beamer could not have known that
his quiet prayers would ultimately be heard by millions -- that the story of his
last acts on earth would be a witness to the Lord he loved and served and a lasting
example of true heroism.
HOPE YOU WILL SHARE THIS WITH OTHERS
Those who desire to give up Freedom in order to gain Security, will not have, nor
do they deserve, either one. --Thomas Jefferson
Thank you, Sherry. I like to think - in fact,
I believe - that most Americans of every faith and belief would never "give up the
flag" nor the liberty and freedom we enjoy. We have proven this through countless
wars and times of crisis, and will do so again whatever the cost. And let's
not overlook that the others who joined Todd in that heroic death plunge were also
supported, not only by Todd's faith and determination, but by their own.