I was recently on a flight from Rochester, NY, to DFW airport in Tx. The flight attendant got on the microphone and did the usual safety speech. When she had finished that, she said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I have a favor to ask of you. A couple of years ago I met a young soldier on his way to Afghanistan on one of my flights. For some reason, I got his contact information and have been sending him care packages and notes of encouragement. A month or so ago, I got a phone call from him letting me know that his time of service will end soon. I asked if there was anything that would make his return special. He replied that he would love to have a good book to read. So I decided that he was going to get that book. As a matter of fact, he was going to get several of them and I want you to help write them. So for the past month I’ve been passing these journals around on my flights. When it comes to you, will you take a minute to write a note to Ed and thank him for his sacrifice and service to our country?”
The plane burst into applause and two of those journals made their way through the passengers on that flight. I was pleased to be one of those passengers who had the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to a brave soldier.
Be sure to keep praying for the soldiers who are in harms way and for their families during this difficult and tragic time.