(Jesus said) "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12
Airlines can be notoriously impersonal beasties.
What with moving bags and people and technical difficulties and weather problems, it's almost understandable why they would be so.
Even so, kudos have to go to the pilot of a Southwest Airline's plane who held his plane at the gate so a grandfather could get to the bedside of his grandson who was going to be removed from life support.
Everlasting delays at baggage check-in and security had almost guaranteed grandpa wouldn't be there. But when grandpa arrived at the gate, the pilot and the ticketing agent were waiting for him. They said, "Are you Mark? We held the plane for you and we're so sorry about the loss of your grandson."
The pilot later told the grandpa, "They can't go anywhere without me, and I wasn't going anywhere without you. Now relax. We'll get you there. And again, I'm so sorry."
I don't know if that pilot is a Christian, but I do know he has grasped The Golden Rule.
Over the years most of us have met people, often the Savior's people, who go above and beyond the call of duty in doing good. Wishing to reflect the love they have received from the Lord Jesus, they show care and empathy in almost everything they do.
Sadly, unlike this Southwest pilot, their stories never make it into the news.
And that's unfortunate. Now these special people don't do what they do to get attention or to receive applause. Indeed, most of them think they aren't doing anything special.
But they are.
This is why, if you know someone, and I'm sure you do, who is one of these special, sacrificing Christians, I would encourage you in the Name of the Savior to thank them.
Seriously. Don't put it off. Do it today.
You know someone who ought to be thanked. So let's do it.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for Your work and Your sacrifice, I give thanks. But I also thank those special people who, having been touched by You, reflect Your care to others. In Your Name I give thanks to You and for them. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries