|Orville demonstrating the flyer to the U.S. Army, Fort Myer, Virginia |
September 1908. Photo: by C.H. Claudy. (Source: Wikipedia)
Bible Reading: II Timothy 4:1-10
Key Verse: Verse 10 - “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.”
Key Words: Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world
As 2,000 people watched, Orville Wright and Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge soared 150 feet over Fort Myer, Virginia. It was September 17, 1908. Wright was demonstrating his latest airplane for the army as Selfridge, cofounder of the Aerial Experiment Association, assessed its military value. During the fourth and final lap, a guy wire broke loose and fouled a propeller. The plane, said one eyewitness, “came down like a bird shot dead in full flight.” Orville’s left leg and hip were smashed; Selfridge, his skull fractured, died that night.
While Orville’s injuries and Thomas’ death were both tragic, one of the greatest tragedies that I endure as a pastor is watching one suffer and struggle because they have fallen out of love with God and in love with the world.
What to do:
✞ Remember a falling out with God is worse than falling from the sky.
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