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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

"John Glenn's Secret Note"

By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions  200pxjohn_glenn_mercury_28small29In 1962, long before we sent our first men to the Moon, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in space. Now, one can only imagine all the tests and retests and issues that NASA had to settle before shooting Glenn into space.

But as the men and women at NASA were working to ready for take off, John Glenn had another concern. Although NASA was reasonably confident that they could control where he landed after his flight, no one knew for absolute sure. Even though planes and helicopters would immediately rush to his landing site to rescue him, he was told it could take as long as 72 hours - that's three days! And astronaut John Glenn thought, “What would happen if he landed in some undeveloped part of the world where people still lived primitively, they look out and see this big parachute with a little capsule on the end, floating to the ground. And then a creature in a silver suit steps out of the craft?” The natives could be very afraid, and perhaps they could do him bodily harm.

So what did John Glenn do? True story - he took with him a short speech translated into several languages so that, hopefully, no matter where he landed anywhere in the world he could communicate with whomever he encountered.

And what did the message say? Here are the actual words in that message; he said

“I am a stranger.

I come in peace.

Take me to your leader and there will be a massive reward for you in eternity."

No one will ever know just how useful those 24 words may have been.