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Recognizing God’s Heroes

                                                                      September 12, 2018

Dear Friends,

If you had a choice, what would you do in the last hour of your life?  The answer
was a no brainer for Welles Crowther.  He was on the one hundred and fourth
floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The first plane hit the north tower and it sent shockwaves throughout the city.  
The news spread quickly and people began to evacuate the buildings across
Manhattan.  Welles was on his way down to safety when the second plane hit.

Suddenly fire, smoke and all kinds of debris were all around him.  In the next
thirty minutes he spent his time helping others get out of the rubble and find
their way out of the building. You see, Welles had grown up around firefighters.

He knew what to do in an emergency.  Although he was an equities trader that
day, he immediately went into helping mode.  It was who he was.  He had been
trained to do this. The fear was pushed aside by his compassion for others.

I heard Welles' story for the first time this week. I was in class with about sixty
police officers and dispatchers.  We paused to remember the bravery of those
first responders on that awful day seventeen years ago.

That's when I asked myself the question.  How would I spend my final hours if
I knew this was my last day?  Most of us would probably say we'd spend it with
family and friends. Or we'd say we'd try to hit that last thing on our bucket list.

The truth is that very few of us know when that day will come.  Jesus warned
that it will come like a thief in the night.  So we need to seize the day and live each
one as if it were our last.  Imagine what the world would look like if more of us
chose to live that way?

Welles Crowther did.  He's my hero.  So are all those men and women who put
their lives on the line every day.  This week I want to salute all the police officers,
firefighters and EMS personnel in our communities.  May God bless them all.

Be blessed! See you in church.

Cal
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