Thoughts leading up to September 11 anniversary # 3

Al Braca worked at World Trade Center One – on the 105th floor. He struggled with his job as a corporate bond broker and could not stomach his work environment. He was convinced that God wanted him to remain on the job and be a light in the dark. His co-workers at Cantor Fitzgerald called him “Rev.” Most did it to make fun of him. Yet, they would still ask for prayer during difficult times.
In the weeks and months after the towers fell, the story of Al’s final minutes of life came through phone calls and e-mails sent from Al’s co-workers. After it became clear that no one was going to escape, Al spent the last minutes of his life sharing Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen and praying with his co-workers.
Al lived a life committed to shining a light. His consistent testimony to his co-workers gave him the credibility to speak to them in their most desperate hour. His bold stand for Christ continued all the way to his death. And he went out focused on what was most important.
We do not know when we will have a chance to impact other people with the message of Christ. Sometimes we wonder if people will ever be open to the message. But faithfulness is never wasted. I Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”


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