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Last in Line
by Phil Ware
I confess that I have a great deal of ambivalence about traveling!
I love traveling... You meet new people. You go to new places. You experience different cultures. You see different sites.
I hate traveling... Travel is often all about edgy people, crowded airports, stinky toilets, bad food, long delays, and bumpy rides.
Most of all, I hate being away from my family. Sleeping in an unfamiliar bed, out of the normal routine, and far from the voices I love to hear, is not fun for me. So when I travel, I particularly notice families and how they interact. I get my vicarious family fix from watching a loving family negotiate the rigors of travel. It's nearly always an adventure. Kids are wide-eyed with wonder. Parents are vigilant not wanting to lose one of their precious ones in the moving mass of confusion. Somebody spills something. Another one wanders off looking at the incoming planes. Parents are disheveled. I chuckle and make up stories about the good families I see along the way. I imagine what some "deer in the headlights" looking parent has been through.
Then, there are the children without families.
Any flight attendant will tell you that Friday evening flights are heartbreaking. All the little ones flying alone with an ID necklace, a nervous frown, and a trembling lip.
On a recent trip to Orlando for an Internet conference, I rode into the MagicKingdom at the back of a 767. As I deplaned, I was one of the last adult passengers off the plane. As I walked down the left aisle, scattered all over the plane were unattached, worried children. They were all alone and last in line to leave for what was supposed to be their greatest adventure.
I'm sure an excited, loving, and anxious non-custodial parent waited for many of them on the other side of the door. For others, it was a sometimes-wonderful-but-usually-undependable "Magic Kingdom" parent. From the kids' side of the door, it was just a big plane after a long trip, following a huge changeover connection in Atlanta, finished with a long wait as they watched all the "real families" deplane together. Finally, last in line, with the help of kind stranger, they could leave.
I wanted to hug them all. I wanted an eraser for their hearts. I wanted to tell them that their story would turn out okay. My experience with those who have flown alone as children, tells me that I can't. It's not the flight of the plane, it's the flight of their family, and with it their loss of security, their heartbreak, their feelings of responsibility for what happened (no matter how irrational those thoughts are) that leave the lasting scars.
Any time I say such things, I get strong reactions. Some are from kids who have lost their families to divorce and tell it's much more painful than I describe. Some are from parents forced by an unfaithful, abusive, addicted, or dangerous spouse to leave for the safety and security of themselves and their children. They have a mixture of anger, desperation, and remorse as they tell me about their concern for their children when they are away from them and with their other parent. Some reactions are from those in the middle of the divorce mess who don't really want to hear about it or who are desperately trying to prevent it from happening against the wishes of their leaving spouse.
I sure don't want to hurt those already reeling with their own feelings of anguish and insecurity. But, I do want to be as clear as I can to those who are deciding what to do about their marriage. I want to jolt awake those dreaming about that possible affair, or those looking for a "cheap" fling to liven things up. I want to fire a flare across the conscience of couples who are drifting apart or who are neglecting their time with each other, threatening their marriages and children. I want to awaken the workaholic and help that person see that no job is worth destroying his or her family, marriage, and children.
Dr. Laura reminds parents they made a commitment, and as adults, for the sake of their kids, they can keep it. (Sorry Dr. Laura, I believe God said that one first!) Our singles' minister reminds me that the people who most hate divorce are those whose lives have been destroyed by it. He also reminds those he talks to about divorce, that a couple can decide whether or not they will divorce, but they can't decide if they divorce whether or not they will hurt their kids. He doesn't say it to hurt those who have been through it, but he wants to prevent others from ending up there if at all possible.
So please, if you are married, get on your knees and thank God for your spouse. If you can't do that, then please, ask God to help you find something in your partner to love and build from there. If you are in a mess of a marriage, don't stay in denial. Do something! Get some help, now! And if you have kids, please, please, don't make them be last in line to get off the plane for the MagicKingdom.
Phil writes, preaches, teaches, and does graphics. His passion is helping others encounter God in everyday worship and using visual communication. He loves the outdoors, especially fishing. He and Donna are partnered in the Heartlight ministry and live in Abilene, Texas where is preaching minister for the Southern Hills Church also president and editor for Heartlight.com, a leading Internet ministry. They have two great kids and a wonderful daughter-in-law. Oh yeah, and then there are those two quirky miniature dachshunds and two Kentucky grand-cats. Visit his web site at: http://www.HeartLight.org
Creation Q & A
Q: Are you just a "monkey's uncle"?
A: Perhaps the most bitter pill to swallow for any Christian who attempts to "make peace" with Darwin is the presumed ape ancestry of man. Even many Christians who uncritically accept evolution as "God's way of creating" try to somehow elevate the origin of man, or at least his soul, above that of the beasts.
God tells us that on the same day He made all animals that walk on the earth (the sixth day), He created man separately in His own image with the intent that man would have dominion over every other living thing on earth (Genesis 1:26-28). From this it is clear that there is no animal that is man's equal, and certainly none his ancestor.
Thus, when God paraded the animals by Adam for him to name, He observed that "for Adam there was not found an help meet for him" (Genesis 2:20). Jesus confirmed this uniqueness of men and women when He declared that marriage is to be between a man and a woman because "from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female" (Mark 10:6). This leaves no room for prehumans or for billions of years of cosmic evolution prior to man's appearance on the earth. Adam chose the very name "Eve" for his wife because he recognized that she would be "the mother of all living" (Genesis 3:20).
The apostle Paul stated clearly that man is not an animal: "All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds" (1 Corinthians 15:39).
It's clear that the idea of ape-men does not fit with what the Bible says, but what about all the supposed "evidence" for human evolution? Continue reading this article to see what the facts of the fossil record really tell us at: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab2/humans-evolve-apelike-creatures
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Thought For The Day
The teacher asked the pupils to tell the meaning of loving-kindness. A little
boy jumped up and said, "Well, if I was hungry and someone gave me a
piece of bread that would be kindness. But if they put a little jam on it,
that would be loving-kindness."
Verse for the Day
"Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits... who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. --Psalm 103: 1,5
Teen's Thought For The Day
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves." --Dale Carnegie
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth." --Erma Bombeck
Coach's Thought For The Day
When asked about which team is the toughest team in the league, he
responded with an answer all players must comprehend. He said simply
that it was, "The team you are playing." --Roy Campanella
Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
"Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation and wholly unsupported by facts. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views. In all this great museum, there is not a particle of evidence of the transmutation of species." --Dr. Etheridge, senior paleontologist of the British Museum of Natural History
Writer's Thought For the Day
"I had marked down in my notebook three characteristics a work of fiction must possess in order to be successful. It must have a precise and suspenseful plot. The author must feel a passionate urge to write it. He must have the conviction, or at least the illusion, that he is the only one who can handle this particular theme." --Isaac Bashevis Singer
Deep Thought For The Day
"People laughed at me when I told them I intended to become a comedian. Well, they're not laughing now!"
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This Week: "Going Deeper" by Jeff Williams
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