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Remember Rudy -the under-sized young man with a huge heart? He wanted more than anything to get into Notre Dame and play football. When he asked his priest if he thought he might actually get into the University, the priest said,

Listen, I’ve been following God for many years, and I’ve learned two things: There is a God and I’m not Him.

Sounds like Job, at the end of his trials, when he repents and acknowledges that God is God, and He doesn’t need to explain himself.

I mention this because I recently came across the words of Lisa Beamer.


Lisa’s husband, Todd Beamer, was killed in the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept, 11, 2001. He was one of the heroes who said, “let’s roll,” and helped divert the course of the plane in order to save lives.

Lisa, the mother of two toddlers, with another child on the way at the time, said…

God knew the terrible choices the terrorists would make and that Todd Beamer would die as a result. He knew my children would be left without a father and me without a husband. Yet, in his sovereignty and in his perspective on the big picture, he knew it was better to allow the events to unfold as they did rather than redirect Todd’s plans to avoid death. I can’t see all the reasons he might have allowed this when I know he could have stopped it. I don’t like how his plan looks from my perspective right now. But knowing that he loves me and can see the world from start to finish helps me say it’s okay.

I can’t begin to imagine the pain Lisa went through – but I know Someone who does. After all, He knows what life is like on Planet Earth. He’s seen and experienced it first-hand.



  1. Todd Beamer’s memorial service was held on 09/16/01 at the Princeton Alliance Church in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Todd Beamer’s wife, Lisa Beamer, a grieving mother of two and four months pregnant with her third child, registers TODDBEAMER.ORG four days later on 09/20/01, incorporates The Todd M. Beamer Memorial Foundation eight days later on 9/24/01 and then applies for the trademark “Let’s Roll” ten days later on 9/26/01. Instead of acting like a wife and mother who should be experiencing untold grief and loss her behavior turns a catastrophic personal tragedy into a cold and calculating cheap publicity stunt. But then the U S Government’s 9/11 propaganda machine needed heroes as well as villains paraded through the media. I wonder where the money came from that paid off the Beamer’s $700,00.00 home two weeks before 9/11? Where did Lisa Beamer get the money to build a 2 million dollar beach house on 10/30/07 in Harvey Cedars, NJ?

  2. wow . . . do you suppose that the money to pay off the equity (anywhere from $1 to $770K, you have no idea how much they owed) in their house could have come from Todd’s hard work and the money for a new house in NJ could have been insurance money? How’s that for a conspiracy theory?

    Or maybe God just worked it all out! What a concept.

    • Todd is not in the social security death index so I doubt any insurance company would pay out. Also, almost all of these “victims” families had large mortgages that they paid off in a few years or sooner which is very unusual.

        • Doug
        • Posted April 25, 2009 at 1:19 am
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        Are you saying that Todd shot JFK? Call Michael Moore he’ll wan to think about film rights! I prefer to believe the best in people. If you really check both of them they were basically trust fund babies. That’s probably closer to the truth than any conspiracy theory.

  3. Man you people are freaking nuts

  4. Doug, Your reaction is typical of people who accept the words of government as if they were words from God. We speak of “the government” as if it is some abstract supreme being. But governments are just groups of imperfect human beings who impose their will (with all their sins) on the rest of us. Actually, people who believe in the absurd U S Government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory which violated the laws of aerodynamics and Newton’s Laws of Motion are conspiracy theorists as well. When you question the governments words (God) you are labeled a conspiracy therorist nut (blasphemist). The truth is always in front of you. All you have to do is open your eyes.

  5. lol

  6. hm… thanks 🙂

  7. There is a much bigger hero than Todd Beamer, Craig A. Pepin! Pepin is a hero and more than that, a saint of French-Canadian origin! God bless you, Frenchie!

  8. Jeremiah Alvin Neitz is a hero like Todd Beamer. Neitz tried to convert the gunman to Christianity, but the gunman died by his own hand and Neitz himself saved many lives! He is a cousin of Muhammad Ali and Simon Buckner! He said to the gunman, “You can shoot me if you want to.” Shockingly, the gunman spared his life and shot himself. Neitz is of Hispanic and German origin! Vaya Con Dios, Jeremiah!

  9. There is another hero like Todd Beamer: Michael Lee Jones, best known as Salvage Santa. Jones saved the Golfer, Freemason, Shriner, U. S. Coast Guard Veteran Arnold Palmer’s cousin, William Vernon “Bill” Husfelt, III!

  10. Although Bill Husfelt is related to Arnold Palmer through his stepmother, Joyce Husfelt.

  11. Ironically, Jeremiah Alvin Neitz’s distant cousin, Muhammad Ali, converted to Islam. Ali said, “I am the greatest!”

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