In 2002 I went on a mission’s trip to New York City with my son Joey and two daughters, Krista and Nikki, along with our Church Youth Group. I became profoundly aware of the unshakable Kingdom of Heaven at the sight of ground zero. Gazing at the leveled Twin Towers, I observed two metal beams in the shape of a cross.

Dazed by the devastation glaring at me, I thought of the scripture in Hebrews 12:27  that says: “God will shake what can be shaken, so that what cannot be shaken [which is His Kingdom] may remain.” In other words, when our lives are shaken and fall apart, it is God’s intention that what is only from Him remains. 

It then exhorts us, “Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:25-29).

Buildings may shake. Human efforts and accomplishments may shake. Our ideas and dreams may even shake. Our relationships with God and other believers are a part of the unshakable kingdom of God lasting into eternity.  I felt challenged to continue to build on things of eternal value. These are things that belong to the Kingdom of Heaven and of our God.

The things we do in Jesus’ name will endure forever. I challenge you, as you read these words to “Not refuse Him who speaks”  (v. 25) … but take to heart His words of ETERNAL LIFE.

Little did I know my entire world would shake on New Year’s Day of 2004. All three of my daughters would die, and yet our relationships  were built on a firm foundation – Jesus Christ. They were ready to meet Jesus face to face. I have three treasures awaiting me in heaven. My girls are just as much a part of our future as before. 

We have NOT refused Him (God) who speaks to our hearts daily words of Comfort, Hope and Love. Everything around us may shake – His love remains. 

There are many things that come and go in our lives. All of us experience loss in some form. You may say, how can I possibly go on and enjoy life after such loss? It’s too painful. Life is over. There is only one way to embrace life after such heart-break. To accept the life and love God provides through Jesus Christ, we may have eternal life. Accept His gift of life today and LIVE.

These are the words to the song I wrote after arriving home from Ground Zero.


What are you living for, what are you trusting for, what are you building for your life?
What are you praying for, are you knocking on heaven’s door…
Only to find the heavens brass once more?
Maybe you’re building shaky bridges that will crumble.
Maybe you’re building ivory temples that will tumble and fall.
At the sound…when He calls your name…
When all is shaken; what will remain? What will remain?

Only what’s done in Jesus’ name
He is the sure foundation, He’s the rock of our salvation
His love is still the same as when He took our shame
He’s the name above all names…He will remain.

What are you hoping for? What are you reaching for?
Where is that ‘lucky star’ you’re wishing for?
What are you searching for? Tell me, where is that open door?
To the dreams that have been hiding in your heart?
Are you chasing pretty rainbows that just fade away?
Are your dreams just made of vapors that will only melt away?
At the sound, when He calls your name…
When all is shaken; what will remain? What will remain?

His Kingdom cannot be shaken.
His righteousness and all His ways remain.
He has promised a fruitful harvest,
If in every word of His we will obey…
His word remains! (repeat chorus)