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A Living Parable
While at Ground Zero, I visited Trinity Church, about 150 yards from the former World Trade Center. This church is the oldest public building in continuous use on the island of Manhattan, built in 1766.
This was George Washington’s church and contains his pew. It is here he worshiped immediately following his Inauguration as the first President of the United States on April 30, 1789.
Above the pew hangs an oil painting of the Great Seal of the United States. This is the first rendition of the Great Seal of the United States adopted in 1782. Incidentally, the legs of the bird in the painting are those of a turkey and not an eagle. Benjamin Franklin thought our national bird should be the turkey!
The small graveyard directly behind the church goes back to the Revolutionary War. It is full of some of the debris that was blown out of the World Trade Center buildings.
Miraculously, all the other buildings around the church are destroyed. However, not one of the windows in St.Paul’s was broken. None of the fourteen original cut glass Waterford crystal chandeliers was damaged. The organ built in 1804 is intact. The Seal unharmed.
Unfortunate and painful as it is, the World Trade Center was a man made structure and built on sand. The church is built on "Rock" and stands.
Currently St.Paul’s is open twenty four hours a day and is being used to feed, sleep, and provide various other services to the firemen, policemen, and other rescue workers who are toiling at the gruesome task of recovery in "the pile."
Many of those still buried in the debris are friends to those who labor for their recovery.
They, and their families need our prayer.
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