We will never forget 9/11, a day that forever changed America as we paid tribute to the lives lost during the devastating terrorist attacks. But amid the sorrow and remembrance, an unlikely discovery at Ground Zero is sending chills down the spines of people all over.
The discovery was made by one firefighter, who was sifting through rubble at Ground Zero after the attacks, in March of 2002. He and his crew were going through the remains of the south tower when he saw a Bible fused to a piece of steel.
He immediately brought the discovery to Joel Meyerowitz, who was the photographer assigned to work on Ground Zero for nine months. “This shredded, burned and rubble-covered Bible came to me from the loving hands of a fireman who knew that I was the record keeper of ground zero,” said the photographer.
Meyerowitz, who is also the author of “Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive“, was shocked when he saw the Bible verse clearly visible on the “heart-shaped” steel. It was from the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount, addressing the subject of retaliation.
Matthew 5:38-39: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also“.
“My astonishment at seeing the page that the Bible was open to made me realize that the Bible’s message survives throughout time,” said Joel. “And in every era, we interpret its teachings freshly, as the occasion demands.”
It was an unusual message for America, that amid the destruction of 9/11, this Bible verse was telling us to forgive and love and not to repay evil for evil and to leave vengeance to Him.