Days after terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people with attacks on passenger planes, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Billy Graham addressed the nation from the Washington National Cathedral.

In the sermon, Graham addressed the realities and mysteries of evil, but also God’s capacity for love, mercy, comfort and compassion. 

“My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us and that as we trust in Him we will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us,” he said.

Today, 18 years later, the sermon still rings true.