Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1
Tragedy leaves its mark on those who have been acquainted with it. Whether you lost a loved one on that fateful day of September 11, 2000, or have been marked in some other way, you are not the same person that you once were. That September day, I had taken my daughter to celebrate her birthday. Since there is not a whole lot to do in Cap-Haitian, I took her out for breakfast at the Christophe Hotel. While we were eating, I will never forget when one of the waiters ran into the dining room to bid us come watch the tv on the outer porch. We watched in horror as the second plane rammed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. We immediately went home and informed the rest of the family of what was taking place. Each one scurried to turn on the tv and follow the events which were unfolding so quickly in our native country.
Tragedy can do one of two things. It can cause us to sink into an abyss of hopelessness or it can cause us to realize that we are only promised today. Whether mourning over the loss of a family member or wondering where you will now live since your home is no longer standing, we are left with a choice. Today, we can make a difference. We will not boast concerning what we’ll do tomorrow. Life is way too fragile for that. But, we have today and we have a choice to alter someone else’s life. Whether it’s the little Haitian boy or girl who wonder where their next meal will come from or it’s a marine standing on the deck of a ship who’s sailing into unchartered territory, we need to be conscious that we only have today. What will you do to console, comfort, or even change someone’s life? We can not look beyond today. Meanwhile, we remember the families of those who are still in mourning from that horrid day which seems to be frozen in time. In spite of such awful tragedy, we also remember countless heroes who turned that day into more than a tragedy. They seized the day that remained and we are still talking about their heroic deeds.
Today is a gift. What will we do with it?
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