An unexpected diversion

Posted: October 4, 2015 by efenster in Uncategorized

DSC_0932We were ninety minutes into our flight across the North Atlantic when the flight attendant urgently requested anyone with medical expertise to make themselves known to the flight crew.  For the next 30 minutes people rushed up and down the aisle carrying medical equipment to first class where a gentleman lay unconscious with no pulse.  A heart attack at 38,000 feet.

Thankfully, due to the efforts of strangers, he regained his pulse.  Understandably the plane turned around and returned to Ireland where my wife and I had just finished a two-week vacation.  Two hundred of us got an unexpected “bonus” day on the emerald island–our travel plans, so carefully worked out, got thrown out the window–all for the sake of a one man’s life.

How often Jesus reminds us the value of a single life.  I read in my devotions today “…Your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost” (Matt. 18:14).  So I ask myself, am I aware of the “pulse” of those around me?  Do I really care about the strangers who have no “pulse”?  Am I willing to sacrifice all my well made plans for the sake of another who’s in trouble, who lacks the knowledge of God’s great news?  What about you?

— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development

P.S.  The last word we had is that the man who had the heart attack was doing okay.  Whew!

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