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365 Moments Of Gratitude – Thankful For Safe Emergency Landing

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Today I am grateful to God for His angels. This afternoon, I got the following text from our news station:

Plane to make crash landing at Cahokia airport. Eight people are on board a jet trying to land at Parks Airport due to gear problems.

I immediately began to pray, then rallied troops around the world (courtesy of the internet) to pray as well. I posted the following on Facebook – included with a link to the live feed:

Watching now, praying for a miracle. Would you join me in praying for the safe landing of this plane, and all 8 folks on board? Time is now. (Plane is going to make a crash landing due to gear problems…is currently circling the little airport trying to get rid of more fuel before being forced to make a crash landing.) Let’s pray for their safety!

For a short amount of time, all we knew (and saw video of) was that this jet was circling over the Cahokia airport, trying to rid itself of excess fuel before attempting to make a crash landing. I’m not sure what sequence of events happened – but pretty quickly, they decided to make the trip to the St. Louis Lambert airport. Evidently, Lambert had a better idea of how to get the plane landed safely.

After a few minutes of waiting on the plane to arrive at Lambert, the news crew on the ground at the airport reported having witnessed the non-violent emergency landing. This is what I had to say about it on Facebook:

Thanking God – emergency landing took place at Lambert. It was evidently a smooth (as can be) non-violent landing. No collision or sparks. Thanking God for His angels! According to the news crew watching from Lambert, it appeared the landing gear fixed itself. Said the landing gear(nose) had previously been stuck and turned – according to eye witness accounting. They are now saying that it looked vertical and in proper working condition. My goodness…coincidence or not – I say this is God in action.

I firmly believe God’s hand of protection, and His angels were standing (or flying!?) guard around this plane and all who were inside it. Whatever the situation, however the landing gear was fixed – thus allowing a safe landing – I’m grateful to God for His protection.

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365 Moments Of Gratitude: Have You Thanked Your Weather Team Lately?

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This past week, the city of St. Louis, and surrounding metro area had our first real taste of winter. You know, that white stuff falling from the sky? Finally, we had some. From my understanding, it was the first “measurable” snowfall in almost a year’s time. In other news, last year (2012) has gone down in history as the hottest year on record for the city of St. Louis.

While the cold weather was busy unfolding before our eyes, something else altogether made me take notice. One of the metro area’s news station, Channel 4 / KMOV’s 4Warn Storm Team was busy at work. According to KMOV’s website, The 4Warn Storm Team is made up of Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton, Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt, Meteorologist Matt Chambers, and Meteorologist Kristen Cornett. I listened or watched the TV, while also following them on Facebook and Twitter. When the cold weather started, the predictions started along with the ever-changing weather. Just as vacations were being taken, and the team was filling in for each other, I sat back and just watched. As this particular cold front promised lots and lots of snow, then changed to very little snow, then perhaps more yet, so many people were quick to judge the weather man. They are quick to say how they don’t know what they’re doing, and always get it wrong…all because elements of weather (beyond their control, I might add) changed.

I watched and realized something that became very powerful to me. These guys, and weather teams across the country and the world, do what they do because they enjoy it. They are very good at what they do, but they cannot control what the weather does. They do sometimes get the facts wrong…but I’ve noticed – they get them right far more often than they get them wrong.

What really got to me, though, is the fact that they are there – many times, when the weather is uncertain or downright dangerous. They are always there. Even when it means taking precious time away from their family, they are there. When it means late nights, or early mornings, they are there. When, God forbid, there is a natural disaster, they are there. When the weather gets rough – this station goes into what’s called “4Warn Storm Mode” and when I see that, my heart swells with some sort of pride. I have much gratitude for these men and women who – without question – stay up all day and all night just to keep us safe. When I want to know what’s going on, I know I can look to them, and they’ll have answers – to the best of their ability – to keep us safe. That, my friends, is very much a job well done. I had the opportunity to ask Steve Templeton why he does what he does, and if there was anything he’d like to say to those watching/reading. His response was from the heart, and to me was priceless:

…I hope people know that we do care about them, their safety during storms and their plans which often are ruined or made wonderful by weather. We do our best to be as specific as possible to help people plan around weather. At the end of the day, it’s predicting the future, not easy, but I love what I do.

I have watched Steve and his fellow teammates alike during winter storms and tornadoes, and whatever weather is thrown this way. Their presence and guidance speak volumes as to their character. They do what they do, often without much gratitude, simply because it’s their job – and it’s something they love to do.

To anyone from KMOV, or any weather person nationwide, please know you have my gratitude. From my family to yours, thank you. You are very much appreciated.