by Darla Noble
Casting all your worries on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
I once met a Vietnam veteran I’ll call “George.” He told me about holding his dying friend in his arms while waiting for the rescue helicopter to take the wounded from the battle they were fighting. The first one arrived. It was shot down while landing. The second one arrived a couple minutes later. It, too, was shot down while hovering as low as possible to get the wounded. The third one arrived shortly after that, but for George’s friend, it was too late.
In telling the story, George wasn’t complaining or bemoaning the fact that the rescue choppers had failed to get his friend (and others) out of there in time. Not at all! His focus was on the bravery, courage, and determination of the chopper pilots to not give up—to leave no man behind.
Jesus’ death on the cross for OUR sins—yours and mine—was a tremendous sacrifice. It was Jesus’ single most important act of courage in an effort to leave no human behind.
Jesus, thank You for dying for me.
Thank You for loving me so much that
You were willing to die so I can be with You for all eternity.
In Your Name, I pray, Amen.