I recently had a short holiday overseas in China and Singapore, which involved flying long distances between locations. When I got back home, there were a few Sentinels awaiting me. One was the issue of October 23 ["'Peace, be still'"], from which I have just read the article "Prayer calms midair turbulence" by Marta Greenwood.

On each of my flights (both going over and coming back), there were instances where the plane entered an area of turbulence and the captain made an announcement for passengers to return to their seats. In each case, I immediately began to pray to deny that turbulence could affect the plane or threaten its occupants. And, in each case, I found that the turbulence seemed to stop almost immediately. Whilst the seatbelt lights remained on for about 15 minutes longer, there never was any continuance of the turbulence in each instance after my praying.

Interestingly, I was flying from Beijing to Singapore on the day prior to October 23, and flying to Melbourne on October 25. Perhaps my prayers were supported by the thoughts of many Sentinel readers who may have been reading that article during that week. It's interesting to note that the final flight I was on also had some babies, and they too remained calm throughout the whole flight.

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December 11, 2006

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