But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. - 2 Timothy 1:10
The flight was headed for Los Angeles, and everything was going smoothly. Then, all of the sudden, a woman jumped to her feet, let out a pained and terrified shriek, and collapsed to her death in the aisle of the aircraft.
Death is always unsettling. But even more so when it’s unexpected, and happens in a situation where others feel rather vulnerable themselves—like at 30,000 feet! The emotional intensity in that aircraft was unsettling, to say the least.
Sensing an opportunity to help, a pastor onboard stopped a flight attendant on her way down the aisle. He offered his services to anyone wanting to talk about the tragedy that just transpired. The attendant replied, “Sir, that won’t be necessary. We’ll be serving free drinks to all passengers.”
Are you settling for a drink when Jesus who offers the only water to quench your thirst is available to you? In the quiet of where you are right now, you can ask Him to help you, to come into your heart and life as Lord and Savior. Or he’s available to you through your connection with others who are His followers. Don’t settle for anything less.
“In the night of death hope sees a star and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.” -Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.