ON THE WINGS OF PRAYER—A HUSBAND'S RESPONSE

When the phone rang, I wasn't expecting to hear my wife's voice. For a moment, my heart stopped beating. Half an hour earlier, I'd seen her board her flight. As far as I knew, she was in the air on her way to Sydney. What was happening? When I realized she was calling on her mobile from onboard the plane, thoughts of 9/11 flooded into my mind. I was relieved when she explained it was a defect discovered by the pilot that was keeping her plane on the ground. She asked me to pray with her straight away.

I began by praying about my fear for everyone's safety. I said, "Heavenly Father, Your dear ones on this plane are in Your care. You are protecting them. Their relationship with You is indestructible." And I remembered these powerful statements from the Bible: "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" (Josh. 1:9), and "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deut. 33:27). These messages reassured me that God was safeguarding everyone.

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