01-airliner-airplane-cartoonWe who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thessalonians 4:17


If you’ve traveled by air, you know that the airlines have changed. Gone are the days when flight attendants changed clothes three times during a three hour flight, served full meals to everyone, and still managed to stay unruffled throughout the journey. “Getting there is half the fun!” claimed one airline. Getting there now seems to be most of the problem!


Nowadays, airlines seem to be more concerned with the almighty dollar than the lowly passenger. Fares have skyrocketed, supposedly due to fuel costs or the need for the CEO to live an outrageous lifestyle or both. Everything costs extra: baggage, meals, snacks, and on and on. Last time I flew, safety information was no longer delivered by a live person. We now watched an amusing video—all the same information: fasten your seat belts, where the emergency exits were located, what to do “in the unlikely event.” But the airline now provided us with comic relief: a cliché of ducks sitting in a row; tiny men refusing to remain in the seats by the escape hatch because they could not open it “in the unlikely event;” and dad putting the oxygen mask on his little girl who then put a mask on her dolly. Clever, yes. Worth an inflated fare to get where we were going? Probably not.


Paul tells the Thessalonians that “the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God.” Now that’s what I call Friendly Skies! Jesus will be our Pilot, our Flight Attendant and our Savior all in one. When He comes to claim us, we won’t need a reservation or a high-priced ticket. Everything will be provided for us at no cost. We won’t need a life vest, and we certainly won’t have to worry food. A marvelous banquet awaits us where we are going. No flight delays, airsickness, stuffy cabins, fear of flying. Just Jesus accompanying us on the ride to our eternal home. Now that’s a trip to die for!


Lord of the Universe, we await the day when You return for us and we fly the friendly skies at your side. Amen

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