Ten Seconds With God

Ten seconds is a very long time
when that's all you have to live
time enough to make your peace
but not enough to give...

To give your honey one more hug
to squeeze her oh so tight
to give your kids assurance that
everything will be all right

From the moment I began this job
I've prepared for this day
but now, as He calls me home
it seems I know the way

Kaboom, kaboom, kaboom, kaboom
like a freight train bearing down
I instantly knew how this would end
and I felt His love surround...

...surround my body, and my soul
surround my brothers' in arms
I felt His love, like a giant cloak
sheltering us from harm

While answering the call that day
I saw the second plane
it glided through the cloudless sky
and burst into fiery rain

It rained down fire, it rained down dust
it rained down bodies, too
it seemed no matter how we tried
there was nothing we could do

We knew the people trapped above
the hole that ripped the tower
could never escape with their lives
without His awesome power

I prayed that day, a silent prayer
as I stepped inside the lobby
I knew that without His help
we'd only recover bodies

We started up the narrow stairs
while others were heading out
as we passed these scared civilians
some began to shout...

God bless you, our brave firemen
you're heroes to us all
but we were merely doing our jobs
answering the call

We knew when we began the fight
we all would not survive
but by risking our lives for others
we keep the dream alive

The dream that good will conquer all
and God will help us through
reward us with eternal life
as we begin anew

I saw the face of God that day
as He led me to His place
His will, not ours, will be done
accept this fact with grace

I understood, at once, that day
what we were sent here for
watch over each other as best we can
for who could ask for more

Ten seconds is a very long time...

Lt. Tom Kenney, Providence Fire Department