Honoring individuals is something I do rarely, perhaps because there’s a lack of subject material.
The first time I did it was at the occasion of Jesse Helms’ death. No, I was not, and could not, honor Jesse Helms, who epitomized all that’s wrong with racism. A man named L.F. Eason III in Raleigh, NC, felt the same way I did, but unlike me, he paid a price to stand on his principles. As head of a state lab, he refused to lower the flag for Jesse Helms as directed by the governor. Given an ultimatum, he was subsequently forced to retire. May God bless his retirement.
The second time was on behalf of Ron Paul. Whatever you think of his politics, Ron Paul is an honest man, which we can all agree is a rarity in Washington. His positions don’t change to please people, even when he votes alone, and he speaks the truth. Would that more politicians followed his example.
Today is the third time I have chosen to honor an individual. His name is Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who ditched his crippled plane into the Hudson River without any loss of life. A lifetime of experience and knowledge, quick thinking and a cool head, and the prayers of his passengers, turned a potential nightmare into a heartwarming news story.
Not surprisingly, the Brits have assembled the best video I’ve seen of this incident. As you watch this BBC summary, say a little prayer. Thank God for giving all those on board a second chance to make something of their lives, and pray that they do. Thank God for putting Sully at the controls. Thank God that Sully is the type of man who “walked through his plane, waist-deep in water, to check that everyone was out.” Ask God to bless him.