I have read that "Charles Plumb, a US Naval Academy
graduate, was a jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat
missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air
missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands.
He was captured and spent six years in a Vietnamese
prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on
lessons learned from that experience.

"One day after Plumb gave a presentation, a fellow came
up to him and said, 'You don't know me, but I am the
person who packed your parachute the day you were shot
down.'

"Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped
his hand and said, 'I guess it worked!'

"Plumb assured him, 'It sure did. If your chute hadn't
worked, I wouldn't be here today.'"

If it weren't for somebody else—perhaps many
"somebody elses" —most of us wouldn't be where we are
today either. And if it weren't for somebody else telling
us about Jesus and God's gift of salvation, forgiveness
and eternal life, most of us wouldn't know God and
wouldn't be bound for Heaven.

May we ever be mindful and thankful to all who have
"folded our parachute," as it were, and may we do the
same for others.

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