As a nation we have adopted the 9-1-1 phone number as a call for help. It was no co-incidence that the largest terrorist attack was on September 11th. Somehow our defenses being breached and strangers being killed lowered our individual barriers and brought us closer to those around us. But we didn’t stay close. We, as a nation, moved past our shock and grief. We became annoyed at the increased security at the airports and the cost of a war we didn’t win before the Super Bowl. Most of us didn’t know anyone who died that day and so it wasn’t as personal to us.
This weekend the media will be over flowing with tributes and retrospectives. Will we watch? Will we remember the fear and the sorrow? Have we learned anything in the years that have passed? Will our churches be filled once again with people praying for strangers who are lost or wounded this weekend?
9-1-1…in case of emergency. One of the papers to fill out at the beginning of each school year is a blue card with emergency contact number. The card asks for three people to contact in case the parents or guardians of a student cannot be reached. Who do you call in case of emergency? Who can you count on to come for your child? Who can you turn to when your world comes crashing down around your ears?
And who turns to you?