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Dana Loesch Touching Story of Encounter With Military Widow…Try Not to Cry

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Dana Loesch, the thick-skinned and quick-witted radio host and NRA spokeswoman is usually in the news for sparring with gun control advocates and destroying false narratives with cold-hard facts.

Those who are more familiar with Loesch’s work, however, know that she’s a devout Christian with a big, soft heart and that there are few people for whom she has more respect than our men and women in uniform.

So when she and her husband were traveling on their 18th anniversary over the weekend and noticed an older woman who seemed to be distressed and carried a folded flag on their lap throughout the flight, she took to Instagram to share the story of their touching encounter.

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“Today my husband and I are celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary. I am grateful for this man. Yesterday we celebrated a dear friend and his new wife as they began their married life,” she began.

“While on the first flight Friday to get us from Dallas to our destination we noticed that we each had aisle seats and wondered if anyone would be willing to switch with one of us so we could sit together.

“A soft-spoken older woman a grandmother’s age kindly offered. She was traveling alone with only a small black suitcase and an blue, ordinary cloth grocery bag. We thanked her and promised to help her with her luggage after we landed.

As the flight prepared for departure, they couldn’t help she seemed quite somber.

“A flight attendant asked if she needed anything, she shook her head, thanked him,” she explained,
“and reached for something in her grocery bag and removed an unmistakable triangle-folded flag.

“She placed it on her lap, her hands over it, and closed her eyes as the plane sped down the runway and ascended into the sky,” Loesch explains.

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Today my husband and I are celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary. I am grateful for this man. Yesterday we celebrated a dear friend and his new wife as they began their married life. While on the first flight Friday to get us from Dallas to our destination we noticed that we each had aisle seats and wondered if anyone would be willing to switch with one of us so we could sit together. A soft-spoken older woman a grandmother’s age kindly offered. She was traveling alone with only a small black suitcase and an blue, ordinary cloth grocery bag. We thanked her and promised to help her with her luggage after we landed. As the cabin door shut after the last passenger boarded I noticed from the corner of my eye that she seemed upset. A flight attendant asked if she needed anything, she shook her head, thanked him, and reached for something in her grocery bag and removed an unmistakable triangle-folded flag. She placed it on her lap, her hands over it, and closed her eyes as the plane sped down the runway and ascended into the sky. I nudged my husband and gestured to her. She kept that flag on her lap for the entire flight, only carefully placing it back into her humble cloth bag after we touched down in Chicago. My husband leaned up and gently touched her elbow. “I noticed the flag you’re carrying,” he said. “Are you coming back from a funeral service?” “My husband’s,” she said, tears in her eyes. “He was an Army captain. Served in Vietnam …” her voice trailed off. “Is this home for you?” She shook her head yes. “Well,” Chris continued, “we are grateful to him and so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.” I leaned over him and gently clasped her hand in mine. “Thank you,” she said through tears and a sweet smile. As we stood to disembark, Chris grabbed her luggage and placed it in front of her. “I heard you say you’re going to a wedding?” she asked. “Yes,” Chris replied, and Sunday is our 18th wedding anniversary.” “Wonderful, wonderful,” she said, her eyes glistening. “Don’t waste a single moment of it. Not one.” She grasped the grocery bag tightly to her chest and walked alone off of the plane. Celebrating a new marriage, celebrating 18

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They asked her if she needed anything but she declined and remained seated with the flag in her lap throughout the flight.

When they landed, Loesch’s husband, Chris, leaned over to her and asked if she was coming from a military service.

She explained that her husband, a Vietnam veteran, had passed away and she was returning home from his funeral.

“Well,” Chris said, “we are grateful to him and so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.”

“I leaned over him and gently clasped her hand in mine. “Thank you,” she said through tears and a sweet smile,” Loesch recounts.

When they helped the woman with her luggage, she said she’d overheard that they were going to a wedding. Chris then explained that it was also their anniversary.

“Wonderful, wonderful,” the woman said, her eyes glistening. “Don’t waste a single moment of it. Not one.”

A poignant and heartwarming reminder just how precious strong, beautiful marriages are. Treasure those you love, and remember to keep our service members and their families in prayer each and every day.

 

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On What Seemed Like Another Ordinary Route, This Mailman Became A Hero

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The Bible tells us that God orders our steps. Anyone who still believes in coincidences just hasn’t encountered God’s miraculous hand in their lives.

For one mail carrier in North Carolina, what seemed like a delay in his route turned into God’s perfect timing.

Chris Petersen, who has served in the Postal Service for 32 years, was rushing to finish his Christmas Eve mail route in Cary, a town about 10 miles west of Raleigh.

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Just moments after delivering a few parcels to a neighboring home, Petersen shared with Fox News that he heard shouting coming from another house on the street.

The shouting came from Pam Hodgin, who was crying out for help after her husband, Mike, had collapsed in their home.

Petersen and two other neighbors sprang into action, running into the Hodgins’ home to assess the situation.

Mike was sprawled out on the kitchen floor, unconscious and not breathing. While fear of losing her precious husband began to grip Pam, Petersen immediately began performing CPR.

After about two minutes of Petersen administering the life-saving procedure, Mike gasped for breath and opened his eyes wide.

Emergency responders were soon at the scene, and it was determined that Mike had suffered from a sudden heart attack. If his wife hadn’t called for help at that very moment and if Petersen hadn’t been running late on his route, the Hodgins’ family holiday might have been a much darker time.

“My mother-in-law always says that everything happens for a reason,” Petersen shared with Fox News. “I was running late that day because I was meant to be there to help Mike. I couldn’t have imagined a better outcome.”

“Chris is my hero,” Mike told Fox News, “and it is because of him I’m alive today to watch my grandsons grow and enjoy each new day.”

Praise God for his perfect timing! Never forget, God orders the steps of his children. The next time you find yourself running late, watch out, it might just be God setting you up to be a blessing in someone else’s life.

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The Incredible Way These Christian Students Are Bringing the Gospel to the Hearing Impaired

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When we think of how to reach all different people with the Gospel, what kind of “different” do we have in mind? People in other towns? Other countries? Maybe people in prison? What about different abilities?

Communication between deaf and hearing people is an often overlooked language barrier, but if we’re to spread the Gospel to every creature, this barrier must be overcome.

The Passion Conference was founded in 1995 by Louie Giglio, and seeks to “glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation,” according to their website.

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“Since 2007, believing worship + justice are two sides of the same coin,” the Passion website continues, “students at Passion have generously given over $18 million to 70 amazing partner organizations around the world.”

Passion, it declares, is more than just music, teaching, and preaching. It’s a movement for Christ.

“In the last week, people have gathered for football games and holiday celebrations,” Passion’s global ambassador Brad Jones said in a statement to Fox News. “During Passion 2019, 40,000 college students and leaders gathered under one name—the name of Jesus. Passion is more than an event; we exist to see this generation live for what matters most—for us, that’s the fame of Jesus.”

Previous conferences have raised millions of dollars for incredibly worthy ministries and initiatives. This year, Passion set its sights on a new target: the language barrier that prevents deaf people from receiving the Gospel in their own sign language.

If you’re unfamiliar with this issue—don’t worry, many people are—you might ask why deaf people can’t just read the Bible?

According to the Deaf Bible Society, “as many as 80 percent of Deaf children in some countries never receive access to formal education.” It’s not so simple, especially if a deaf child or adult has never been taught to read in their language.

This means that over 70 million souls worldwide who are never taught to read aren’t hearing the Gospel because, well, they can’t hear.

With over 400 different sign languages in the world, missionaries who seek to reach deaf people with God’s saving truth certainly have their work cut out for them.

So, at the 2019 Passion conference, those thousands of young people gathered to praise and worship the Lord, and then get to doing His work in the world. They raised a stunning $448,370 for the Deaf Bible Society as part of Hope in Every Language, a campaign that, according to Fox News, “helps fund and distributes translations of the stories of Jesus into the unique sign language to areas that haven’t been reached.”

Because of the Passion attendees’ tremendous giving, the New Testament gospels will be translated into the unique sign languages of Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Moldova, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, and Russia.

Praise God for this incredible work in removing yet another barrier to the Gospel! Pray that the people reached would, at least figuratively, have ears to hear His truth.

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