The “911” of this article is different than the number that became the cry for help in emergencies in 1968. There was a sense of emergency attached to this “911” but on September 11, 2001, there was no one to call upon except God.

Trauma of this magnitude etches within our minds the brevity, uncertainty and temporary nature of life. So suddenly, the petty concerns of life realize their proper priority and eternity flashes before our eyes. The Bible speaks frequently on this view of living. “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14). “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Luke 12:25). “…for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls’” (1 Peter 1:24; cf. Isaiah 40:7).

Remember, “the people of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side” (Judges 8:34); they perished. In our remembering, shall we wait for a tragedy to present ourselves before God or rather should it be a life-style?