We remember, in fact I’m confident that those of us who were alive on September 11th, 2001 will never forget the horrific events that took place. Alan Jackson wrote the timely song, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning that September Day?” I sure remember that day as I was sitting in my study at West Chester Community Fellowship in West Chester, Pennsylvania. My best friend called me from Georgia and asked me, “Are you watching the news?” From that moment on I spent the rest of the day watching the awful events of that day unfold.
I called my wife who was still living in North Carolina, (I had just started at the church in PA and she was finishing her Masters Degree at the University of North Carolina). It was hard to be apart when such a tragedy had taken place. We opened our Sanctuary for prayer and it was filled with people I had never met, praying together. That week we had continuous times of prayer. Tragedies like this seem to draw people toward God but they seldom are long term.
In our church community we had one miracle that took place that day. One of my deacons worked in the World Trade Center and would have been in the building that morning but he was sick that day and didn’t travel to Manhattan that morning. He and his wife certainly had much to praise God for that September 11th. Sadly, the surge in church attendance didn’t continue and we were back to our small community of faith in just a few short weeks.
This September 11th is the 20th anniversary of that horrible day. Calvary Baptist Church is hosting a free breakfast at 8:00 am that Saturday. Our purpose is to honor our 1st Responders that day. All police officers, Sherriff deputies, firefighters, paramedics and other front line workers will be our special guests. There will be special music, greetings from first responders and an inspirational message. All are invited. It would be helpful to know how many are coming but is not absolutely necessary. If you plan to come you can call the church office at 660-826-5011 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 11th changed our world forever, but it is so easy to forget the horrific events of a day like this. So often we think that life will just go on like nothing ever happened. It changed the way we travel and has caused our society to be more diligent about daily life. It also made many people aware of the fact that no one has a guarantee of tomorrow. The Bible says in James 4:13,14 & 15. Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will we will live and do this or that.”
Since we have no guarantee about what will happen from day to day then it would make sense to depend upon God both for our everyday life as well as for our eternal destiny. Jesus made it clear to Mary and Martha after their brother Lazarus had died when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” in an earlier passage as Jesus was speaking about being the bread of life said, “I tell you the truth he who believes in me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life” John 6:47 & 48.
Pastor Don shares from his heart in the "Calvary Connection"