I was broadcasting live on the radio on the morning of September 11, 2001. We knew about the two planes which had been rammed into the Twin Towers and the one which had been used as a missile against the Pentagon. There had been reports that there was one more plane not accounted for. Not long after that, reports started to come in from our listeners that smoke could be seen coming from Somerset County, which was in our broadcast area. Then came official news that Flight 93 had crashed in Shanksville.
Anyone with access to national media was given all of that information almost immediately. But there’s a part of the story which national media did not report.
A few weeks after the massacres of 9/11, a listener faxed a copy of a story from The Tribune-Democrat, a local paper which serves that community. It was written by Tom Lavis and it tells the story of what the first responders saw upon their arrival at the crash site.
They were shocked to find an unburnt Bible among the smoldering and disintegrated wreckage.
For 15 years I have carried the burden of knowing this story. I hesitated to share the story. It seemed like one of those miracle stories which so often turn out not to be true, and I was kind of cynical about the multiplication of miracle claims among my fellow Christians. But over the years I’ve found multiple, credible confirmations.
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