Tuesday, January 14, 2020
The Day or Hour? Who Knows?
"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
I find myself checking the clock numerous times per day. I'll venture that you do, too. It may be, for me, in anticipatory mode, making sure I'm departing on time for an appointment, or casually, deciding if it's time to rouse myself out of bed. Is it time for my favorite news program? Will Mom be ringing me up soon? (Yes, we chat every day!)
Nevertheless, when I happen to glance at the clock, and the time 9:11 is displayed, my heart inevitably skips a beat. My mood is instantaneously altered as I am plunged back to that horrendous date in our country's history. Yes, I'm old enough to recall the horrific assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, all so infinitely heartbreaking. But this date, this time, this place, this tragedy, I now witness and live through with my own children.
I had hoped they would never have to suffer through such a tremendous loss as this . . .
Their anxiety, their questions, their fears in the aftermath of 9/11 break my heart. How can I possibly answer them reassuringly when I, myself, am confused, angry and profoundly grieved by these vicious attacks upon the greatest nation the world has ever seen?
Time has passed since that fateful day, but does time heal all wounds? I would say, "No." Time's passage can alleviate some of the pressure and pain of that moment experienced years ago, but it doesn't relieve the angst of remembrance. Yet thankfully, the memories evoke prayers for the families who still suffer the fallout from these brutal and senseless attacks.
Jesus' judgment is coming. We don't know the day nor the hour. But for those 3,000+ lives lost on that fateful day, their journey is ended. Were they prepared? Did they know of God's ultimate salvation?
These are questions which can never be answered, as their voices, their love for life, were extinguished in those brief, violent moments. Moments never to be forgotten by those of us who stand as witnesses.
None of us know, or can know, the day or the hour of Christ's return.
But may we all live each minute of every day, expectant and ready, when Jesus comes to call.
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