Where were you twenty years ago?


America remembers the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when our seemingly inviolable security was shattered as nearly 3000 people from 90 countries perished from terrorist attacks upon our soil. It is good for us to remember the events of that day.

We should never forget what took place on 911. And we should never forget the lessons learned by these events. As we reflect on that day let us remember the Uncertainty of Life. On Sept. 11, 2001, a series of four coordinated suicide attacks were levied against targets in New York City and the Washington, D.C., area. On that morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets.

The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. When passengers attempted to take control of the fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, preventing it from reaching its intended target in Washington, D.C.

There were a total of 2,996 deaths, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. The victims included 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. Over 3000 children lost a parent who was killed in the attacks or died in rescue operations.

The victims of the attack on Sept. 11 didn’t plan on dying that day. When International trade consultant Melissa Harrington Hughes left her newlywed husband Sean to go to her office in the Twin Towers dying was the last thing on her mind. As Moises Rivas, a chef at Windows on the World, the renowned restaurant at the top of the North Tower, left for work he may have been thinking about the menu he would prepare for that day, certainly not of never seeing his stepdaughter Linda or his wife again. As American Airlines Flight 77 was taking off Barbara Olson a Pentagon political commentator and a passenger of the ill-fated flight may have wondered if the flight would be smooth but never dreamed that her flight would end in a fiery inferno as the plane crashed into the pentagon.

James 4:13-14 “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are a bit of smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes.”  Proverbs 27:1 “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

How long will the rest of our lives be? We don’t know; nobody knows. We may have many years, or we may have many days. We could be called home to glory before the day ends. We don’t know. “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

It is an appointment, not an accident, and God knows when it is going to be. Remembering how uncertain and how short life is we must make the most of the opportunities God gives us. Ephesians 5:15-16 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”

We need to live in the present. There are many of us who make the mistake of spending our lives preparing to do something but never doing it. We have intentions to talk to a friend about Christ but not this time next time we talk. We intend to start tithing – next week. We intend to get involved in Sunday school after the weather starts getting cooler. We intend... but we never.

We should be living each day as though it were our last. The events of September 11th not only remind us that life is uncertain, but it reminds us of the necessity of preparedness in light of its uncertainties.

America remembers the attack against her on Sept. 11, 2001. It is good for us to remember the events of 911.

We should never forget what took place on 9/11 because life is so uncertain we need to prepare for eternity. In all of life’s uncertainties there is at least one certainty. That certainty is that one day we are going to find death visiting each one of us.

Death is certain. Isaiah 40:6, 8 “All flesh is grass ... the grass withers, the flower fades...”The few brief moments you live on earth will determine how you will spend all eternity. If you have never received the free gift of God’s salvation as described in the Book of Romans chapter 9, I humbly ask you to get a Bible and read for yourself and be certain where you will spend eternity. God bless you, your family and God bless The United States Of America.


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