God Uses Every Gift
According to USA Today, on Wednesday, November 23, 1994, a couple named Sandy and Theresa boarded TWA flight 265 in New York to fly to Orlando and see Disney World. Theresa was almost seven months pregnant. Thirty minutes into the flight, Theresa doubled over in pain and began bleeding. Flight attendants announced that they needed a doctor, and a Long Island internist volunteered.
Theresa soon gave birth to a boy. But the baby was in trouble. The umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around his neck, and he wasn’t breathing. His face was blue.
Two paramedics rushed forward to help, one of whom specialized in infant respiratory procedures. He asked if anyone had a straw, which he wanted to use to suction fluid from the baby’s lungs. The plane did not stock straws, but a flight attendant remembered having a straw left over from a juice box she had brought on board the plane. The paramedic inserted the straw in the baby’s lungs as the internist administered CPR. The internist asked for something he could use to tie off the umbilical cord. A passenger offered a shoelace.
Four minutes of terror passed. Then the little baby whimpered. Soon the crew was able to joyfully announce that it was a boy, and everyone on board cheered and clapped.
The parents gave the little boy the name Matthew. Matthew means “Godsent.” The people on board the plane “all godsends,” the father said.
Indeed, God had met the need through people who gave what they had and did what they could. God usually meets needs through people.
Because of your generosity, the needs of others are met. Thank you for your generous giving. Through your stewardship of what God has blessed you with, you are able to be a blessing to others.
Please continue to give generously to the work and building of God’s kingdom.