I Appreciate You


Your words are windows to your heart.

Author J. Allan Petersen tells about a flight he took on a 747 out of Brazil.  He was awakened from sleep by a strong voice announcing, “We have a very serious emergency.”  Three engines had quit and the forth was expected to go at any second.  The plane began to drop and turn in the night, preparing for an emergency landing.

At first the situation seemed unreal to Petersen, but when the steward barked, “Prepare for impact,” he found himself, and everyone around him, praying.  As he buried his head in his lap and pulled up his knees, he said, “Oh, God, thank you. Thank you for the incredible privilege of knowing you.  Life has been wonderful.”  As the plane approached the ground, his last cry was, “Oh, God, my wife!  My children!”

Peterson survived.  As he wandered about the airport in a daze, aching all over, he found he couldn’t speak, but his mind was racing.  What were my last words?  What was the bottom line?  As he remembered, he had his answer:  relationship.  Reunited with his wife and sons, he found that all he could say to them over and over was, “I appreciate you.  I appreciate you!”

Have you told those persons who matter the most to you how you really feel?

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  Matthew 12:34

From:  God’s Little Devotional Book, Honor Books, p. 152-153

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