• Rachel E. Reed

But a Vapor

How many days do we go to sleep at night expecting to wake up the next day? Well when we are healthy, eat right and exercise maybe we feel a little more entitled to wake up everyday. We make plans for the future and we tend to have an expectation that we will just somehow always be here. With today being a reminder of the horrible tragedy that happened in our country it is simply reminding me how short life really is.

"Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes."

James 4:14

Today marks a day in history that many Americans will never forget. On this day September 11th, 2001 over 3,000 people were not expecting for their lives to suddenly end. The reality of the horrific situation is that we aren't promised tomorrow. It has to be one of the most unfathomable ideas to a human because it is not tangible until we experience it ourselves. Wether the death of a loved one or a close friend, or even a special pet, can make the existence of death all too real. I personally experienced death of a loved one a few times in my life. It's most certainly something I could live without remembering but unfortunately that is not the case. The Bible says that death has no more sting to the one who is passing, but it certainly leaves a sting behind to the ones who were close.

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"

1 Corinthians 15:54‭-‬55

I feel all too often we forget to hug the ones we love. It's so easy to stay mad at people who hurt us because death is not on the forefront of our minds. As I listened to the calls of the husbands and wives from the planes that were hijacked, and the stairways of the burning buildings telling their loved ones one last time how much they loved them I wondered if they had regret. Did they regret the times they stayed mad over silly arguments, did they think of all the times they treated the ones they claimed to love with disrespect? It breaks my heart to think if we knew our family member was going to die. Would we fall to our knees in repentance for the way we chose to stay hurt instead of forgive? I know many times I have went to bed angry at my sisters, or my husband without thought to wether that would be their last night on this earth or not.

"for 'All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.' And this word is the good news that was preached to you."

1 Peter 1:24‭-‬25

I encourage all, if amends need to made to family or friends, please do not hesitate to do so. Life is short, is it not guaranteed and forgiveness is free. Who are we to not forgive when God so freely forgave us. I am by no means saying to stay in a toxic relationship, just because you chose to forgive doesn't mean you have to be friends, but I'm asking only to extend the forgiveness that was extended to you by our Father. Today I pray for all the families that were affected by 9/11 and I lift up all the authorities who took charge that day in prayer also. Lord give us an eternal mind that we would live like we were dying with heaven in mind. God bless America.

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