And we ought to all stop.
Today, we should think about those who died —the heroes who ran in and those trapped, huddled in fear.
It took five years to build the twin towers. It took 102 minutes from the first impact on the north tower for them both to fall.
In 102 minutes, 2,977 people were killed in attacks in New York City, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The truth is, none of us know when death will visit, or how.
Deep down, we all think tomorrow will come.
We’ve already written on the next day’s calendar pages. We’ve set reminders on our phones for tomorrow’s plans.
Surely, those who died on 9/11 had plans too. Plans to live. Plans to do.
Oh, they didn’t know death was coming that day. For some, it was instant, the blink of an eye. For others it was surely terror-filled as some made the awful decision to jump from tall buildings rather than die in the horrendous, scorching flames.
Others slowly choked in the putrid, suffocating smoke.
Some managed to make calls to say goodbye to loved ones.
Our hearts ached as we watched tall buildings collapse into ashes on our television screens all around the world.
We sat speechless as our skies were eerily silent as air traffic was stopped across the country.
We waited for word from the President.
We wanted answers.
We needed hope.
Americans came together.
We flew flags.
We huddled together in packed churches.
though we said, we never would-
We moved on.
We made more plans. We got busy. We acted again, as if tomorrow will always come.
And we forgot what it felt like when we all came together.
Now we fight.
With each other.
Over masks. Over shots.
And we seem to have forgotten the unity we felt that day, twenty, long years ago. It’s all a faded memory.
And we seem to be ignoring all the reminders that not one of us is promised tomorrow as we face division, hurricanes, earthquakes, and this awful pandemic.
This kingdom we call the United States may very well fall. Soon. What then?
And for some,
maybe for many,
may never come.
What if tomorrow never comes at all?
Surely, these hard days have caused us all to consider life and death…and perhaps, eternity?
What if tomorrow never comes at all, for you?
None of us are promised our next breath. Not one of us can cause our heart to beat one more time.
Oh, but friend, if you are reading these words, it’s not too late.
For there is a Kingdom that never ends. There is life eternal offered to all who will call on the Name of the only God who can save. He will make all things new. He will dry every tear.
Do you know Him? Do you know Jesus?
While we were dead in our sins (Eph 2:1), and the Bible says, “an enemy of God” (Rom 5:10), Jesus died on the Cross making a propitiation(the act of appeasing God) for our sins.
The Apostle John told us, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
We didn’t do anything. God did it all. We cannot be good enough, we can’t get to our life straightened up enough to earn what Jesus has done for us on the Cross.
Salvation is a completely free gift. The Bible says those who call on the Name of the Lord to save them shall be saved! (Rom 6:23, 8:32)
Those who call on Jesus can be confident and without fear in this crazy world! He is peace for today and hope for tomorrow.
But friend, you have to be the one to call. No one else can make this decision to ask Jesus to be your Lord for you.
But those who have called on the name of the Lord to be saved, have real peace for whatever this life brings!
And that is something never to forget!