A Reminder from Two Fallen Astronauts
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father…So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29,31).
This week our hearts and prayers go out to the grieving families of the seven crew members of Space Shuttle Columbia, ages 41 to 48.
It is a reminder, once again, that life is brief, and about what matters most. Astronauts Rick Husband and Michael Anderson made sure this message would not be lost.
Rick and Michael attended the same church in Houston, where Rick was active in the men’s ministry and led a “Dads in the Gap” small group.
A video Husband recorded before his flight was played during the February 2nd service at Grace Community Church. “If I ended up at the end of my life having been an astronaut, but having sacrificed my family along the way or living my life in a way that didn’t glorify God, then I would look back on it with great regret….What really meant the most to me was to try and live my life the way God wanted me to and to try and be a good husband to Evelyn and to be a good father to my children.”
In Anderson’s preflight video tape he said, “Rick and I both feel we were put on this mission for a reason and we have tried to meet all those challenges with prayer.”
At the bottom of his ‘in case of tragedy’ documents Rick wrote a note to his pastor, “Tell them about Jesus. He means everything to me.”
Let us not fail to seize this reminder that life is brief and, like Rick and Michael, make sure we are focused on what matters most: Jesus. Glorify God. Husband. Father. Mission. Prayer.
Don’t be afraid.
© 2003 Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use with proper attribution.