Story of Todd Beamer's Last Day on Earth

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by Gail8899, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. Gail8899

    Gail8899 New Member

    JESUS HELP ME" - 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? Let's roll."

    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 to someone." 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.


  2. Harmony

    Harmony New Member

    Thanks Gail, What a great testimony! I printed it out since my husband wanted it to use in a sermon.
    God bless,
  3. BonnieQ

    BonnieQ Member

    Thanks for sharing, his wife is such a courageous woman herself. BonnieQ
  4. Cactuslil

    Cactuslil New Member

    What a perfect example. Here we have a good devoted disciple of Christ, a loving husband and father. This brave man chose to seal his great faith in the scriptural truth he treasured by foiling an attempt to use the plane he was a passenger on as a weapon of mass destruction. This is a great testimony by a man of great faith.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention; we do tend to forget. Love CactusLil'