“Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
-Proverbs 27:1-
As I read this verse I am reminded of that famous song that says: “Tomorrow, tomorrow I love you tomorrow, you’re only
a day away…” I can still imagine little orphan Annie singing strong and loud this famous chorus. This was one of my favorite
musicals from childhood. When that song was sung, I would join in unison and feel a sense of hope, a sense of security, assurance
that everything in life will turn out o.k. But as you grow up, you soon realize that tomorrow can bring both happiness and sadness
all in the same day. Just twenty-four hours can make all the difference between life and death. Do you really know what tomorrow
brings? Yeah, you may have plans written down in your calendar, but can you really guarantee that these things are going to take
place? The truth is that when you walk out the door, you really don’t know if it will be your last moment here on earth.
One day, one tomorrow, changed the whole course of an entire nation. No one knew what was going to take place on that
clear Tuesday morning in September. It was another ordinary day of the week, business as usual. Parents got up to eat breakfast
and go to work oblivious to the fact that this would be their last moments with family. Children were unaware, as they rushed off to
school, that this would be their last chance to say the words “I love you”. Passengers boarded their flights with big plans for the
days ahead. Vacations, reunions, and business trips were anticipated, they had no idea that they were going to be used as a human
missile. Then it happened all at once. On the T.V. the same images would haunt the screen like a movie gone bad. People were
crying, screaming, running for their lives. For me that whole day went in slow motion, I was in shock to see man’s sinful nature
displayed in such a cruel way. All I could think about was those people who thought that tomorrow would come, the souls that
walked into eternity without God. Did they cry out to Jesus? Was someone there to comfort them with words of hope? Where is
the peace of God that passes all understanding?
A year has gone by since then, and all my questions have been answered one by one. In the midst of all the turmoil and chaos,
courage and strength were found. I was comforted as the testimonies of others who had survived surfaced; I understood that Jesus
was there in the stairwell reaching out to them. He was there all the time, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His loving
kindness and mercies are new every morning that we wake up to a new day. The truth is that this is not the only tragedy that this
nation has faced, nor will it be the last. It just took us by surprise; it caught us off guard and taught us not to boast about tomorrow
because we don’t know what it will bring forth. September 11th has caused this nation to rise up from the rubble and turn their face
back towards a living God. Now we can boldly say “In God We Trust”. Though the memory of this tragic day is seared in our
minds forever, we must never forget the legacy that it left behind; virtues like brotherhood, unity, goodness, kindness, faith; stories
of love, hope, courage, and heroism. This is proof that the American spirit lives on!
As I remember this terrible day in history, I am reminded that tomorrow is promised to no man. Every step we take is one step
closer to eternity. I may not know what tomorrow holds. It may be joy, laughter, mourning, or suffering but whatever it is I know
that my Redeemer lives. My life is in His hands. So please, don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today and surrender your
life to Jesus.
God Bless America!
From our archives 9/11/02


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