Todd Beamer was your average young businessman on that September morning in the airport. The married father of three was an account manager who lived in Cranbury, N.J. He taught Sunday school with his wife at their local church for the past six years.
“It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.” —Philippians 1:20
But Todd’s life took a tragic, yet heroic turn, as he took his seat on Flight 93. As the hijacking began to unfold and word passed through the plane that a passenger had been killed and the crew forced from the cockpit, Beamer made a call from a phone on a seat back.
Todd told the operator what had happened and that they had learned that the World Trade Center and Pentagon had been attacked.
He said that some of the passengers were planning to stop the hijackers by diverting the plane from the planned target. Beamer recited The Lord’s Prayer over the phone and then his last words were. “Are you guys ready? Okay, let’s roll!” The plane crashed minutes later outside Shanksville, Pa., killing everyone on board.
No one knows how many lives were saved that day by a handful of ordinary people becoming extraordinary heroes in the face of evil. And they gave their lives to save others.
Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott once said, “Real valor consists not in being insensible to danger; but in being prompt to confront and disarm it.”
That is exactly what the passengers of Flight 93 did—confronted and disarmed danger, showing amazing valor. Todd’s final words of “Let’s Roll!” have been used thousands of times to motivate others to action.
HOLY GOD, You have always been prompt to confront and disarm danger in the spiritual realm for us and you have empowered countless humans with Your strength and bravery in every scenario imaginable. Thank You that we know the end of the story and that good will triumph over evil. Help me to always be on the side of good and fight evil as I trust You.