Monday, October 17, 2011

Just A Quicky

I'm beat from working this weekend's Cursillo and have to saunter in to work and look busy, so I thought I'd throw a quick post out there that hopefully contains some meat to chew on.

One of the guys who came up as a candidate (newbie) this weekend was a USMC helicopter pilot. His helicopter had been accidentally blown up during a training exercise and as a result, he had lost a leg and had been burned over 80% of his body. He not only had no hair left, he had no ears.

When I first saw him, I thought he was going to be the central point of the weekend and his story was going to be one of overcoming tragedy. He was and it wasn't.

The guy had already forgiven the pilot who's dreadful miss had crippled him, he harbored no ill will and didn't come to recover from a disastrous change in his life. He came to become a better man, a better husband and a better father through Christ.

It was impossible not to notice him, his scars were so obvious. His nobility and humility made a tremendous impression on everyone. When you go to these weekends, you realize that almost everyone has had huge bombs go off in their lives - divorces, cancers, addictions, etc. - and a fellow like this Marine can't help but put your own losses and hurts in perspective and help push you to be better.

It was a great weekend. I hope you get to experience one as well.

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