The power of prayer …

image“God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet.” Psalm 103:6

I read many first-person stories in the September “Guideposts” magazine, of people who chose not to be a life-long victim of the tragedy of 9/11. Genelle’s story touched my heart.

Genelle worked in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the 64th floor in the office of the Port Authority. When the tower collapsed, Genelle was trapped under rubble for 27 hours.

She wrote, “During those hours I ended up doing what my mom would have done. I prayed. Well, it was more like pleading, screaming, promising, asking for some sort of miracle.” Paul was her miracle—a man who heard her, touched her hand, and told her to hang on—help was on the way.

Genelle continues to work for the Authority and takes September 11 off each year “to be in a quiet, peaceful place to pray… day to mourn and to celebrate.” Perhaps she reads the Psalms.

After recovering from her injuries, Genelle searched for Paul—no one knew of him. Her book book, “Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11’s Last Survivor” is available on

Thank you, Lord, for the power of prayer. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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