U.S. ATTACKED

Hijacked Jets Destroy Twin Towers

And Hit Pentagon in Day of Terror

Father Dies Minutes After Dancing with Daughter at Her Wedding

The 54 year old detective’s widow’s Facebook posting: “You never know when the last time will be the last time”

Now THESE are headlines that will get your attention!

Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 Terror Tragedy –

The “Father Dies…” headline ran just 3 days ago, Sept 6, 2016.

Right after unthinkable horrors like these, we all seem to ‘wake up and take notice,” for a time at least. But all too soon, it’s back to normal, with our seldom giving thought to much beyond our own personal interests. Until the next tragedy that is…

Sept 11, 2001, that evening some 5000 people who went to work that day, never went home again. All their plans, hopes, and dreams vanished in an instant of terror.

The Bible says, “A man’s mind plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16.9) and in another place the Bible reminds us, “Just a moment, now, you who say, “We are going to such-and-such a city today or tomorrow. We shall stay there a year doing business and make a profit”! How do you know what will happen even tomorrow? What, after all, is your life? It is like a puff of smoke visible for a little while and then dissolving into thin air. Your remarks should be prefaced with, “If it is the Lord’s will, we shall be alive and will do so-and-so.” As it is, you get a certain pride in yourself in planning your future with such confidence. That sort of pride is all wrong. No doubt you agree with the above in theory. Well, remember that if a man knows what is right and fails to do it, his failure is a real sin.” (James 4.13-17)

Is it time for you to be giving a bit more thought to what life is REALLY all about? We all mess up, that’s for sure, sometimes worse than others, and sometimes, like the tragedies above, that can’t be fixed. However, there is a God who cares enough about you and me to do what it takes so that our lives now can have BOTH real value, our “mess ups” whether small or great can be atoned for, and our “what comes next” can be an eternal life of joy, peace and blessing.“ I leave you with this encouragement and promise from the Bible, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Timothy 1.15)

BTW – We’ll be talking some more about these things, Sunday, so consider yourself invited to our 10:30 a.m. worship service.  (BTW #2 – Your comments are welcome and invited – Thanks – REMcP)

Author: Rev. Richard McPherson