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Pastor's Ponderings Monday, April 17, 2017

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Martha Conant was aboard United Airlines flight 232 on July 19, 1989.
The flight crashed in Sioux City, Iowa. Of the 296 people on board that flight, 111 perished in the crash, and many were seriously injured. Martha Conant was lucky.
She survived.

This is what she said about her experience, many years later:

For me the crash was like a proverbial ocean liner turning around. There were some changes that happened right away, as soon as I got my feet on the ground. And others have unfolded over the sixteen, seventeen years since then.

Immediately, I decided that I wanted to live with as few regrets as possible. And for me that meant repairing relationships that had been compromised and trying very hard not to leave anything undone. So not leaving home in the morning, for example, being upset with someone. Or not passing up a chance to tell Dale, my husband, or one of the boys how much I love them. Or not turning down a chance to tell a friend how much I appreciate her.

What’s been longer in unfolding is a reprioritization of my life.

Well, the big day of Easter 2017 is over. We've put away the lilies and the tulips and daffodils, but the significance of the Easter event lingers on. For those first followers of Jesus, Easter was an EVENT that brought with it some changes that happened right away, as soon as those first followers got their feet on the ground. And other changes unfolded in the years that followed. The message of Easter changed the course of human history and brought with it a reprioritization of life. And it could be said that the impact of that first Easter is still having an effect some 2,000 years later.

 

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