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This Month's Message

COURAGE FLIES and COURAGE STANDS
By Fran Caffey Sandin

On the morning of September 11, 2001, attractive young Major Heather Penny, F-16 fighter jet pilot, had just completed a two week air combat training session in Nevada. Then an unexpected call came. The twin towers in New York City had been stricken along with the Pentagon. Now Heather and her commanding officer, Colonel Marc Sasserville, were ordered to take down the fourth high-jacked passenger plane headed for our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. Heather and the Colonel wondered how they could possibly do that because their aircrafts were still equipped with dummy bullets. With no time to load ammunition, they devised a plan.

Instead of shooting the plane down, they would crash their planes into the high-jacked jetliner. Sasserville said, “I’ll go for the cockpit.” Heather echoed, “I’ll go for the tail.” They each sped through the pre-flight check-list and their F-16’s soared through the air. It appeared to be a kamikaze mission. Heather bravely concentrated on her part—squarely hitting that tail. But the dreaded fourth plane never showed up. United Airlines Flight 93, brought down by brave passengers and crew, crashed instead in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania..

After they received that word the two pilot’s mission changed to a more pleasant assignment. They flew their F-16 fighters to Florida and escorted President George W. Bush and Air Force One safely back to Washington, D.C.

As I contemplated this little-known incident from 9-11, I pondered the spunk shown by Heather. She was young, talented, and courageous. She and the Colonel were willing to give their lives to protect others from danger. Their bravery and skill are truly inspiring. Billy Graham once said, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ are in a different kind of battle, a spiritual battle. While the best military minds in the USA strive to keep us safe after 9-11, they have recognized evil and want to eliminate it.

Likewise, as believers in Jesus Christ we have an enemy, the devil, also known as Satan. He wants us to worship material things instead of placing God first in our hearts. He likes to ruin our lives with poor choices, and tempt us to be angry or to worry and fret. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We are told what to do about it: Submit yourselves, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. (James 4: 7-8) Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (I John 4: 4).

Dear Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the most courageous man who ever lived, is our hero as he voluntarily gave His life on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Then He arose from the dead as proof He is the Son of God. It is by faith in Jesus Christ and His resurrection that we win our daily battles over evil. Let us draw near to Him daily and stand firm to gain victory over Satan’s schemes. In the powerful name of Jesus we pray, Amen.