Message from our Chaplain
The Space Shuttle Columbia
Most of us didn’t know much about the amazing crew on the shuttle’s last mission until they were lost in that awful re-entry tragedy. Now, we understand what truly outstanding men and women these people were – beginning with their commander, Rick Husband. Hearing from his family and friends, it quickly became clear that he was a magnetic follower of Jesus Christ. He quoted memory verses from Joshua 1 to prepare his crew the night before the launch. He prayed with his crew just before they met the press and boarded the shuttle. He moulded his diverse crew into a bonded team. And, there was the really touching thing he did for his kids before he left. He made 17 videos for his daughter and 17 videos for his young son, each one a “devotional with Daddy” for each day he was scheduled to be gone – it was Daddy with the Word of God and Daddy praying with them. Can you imagine what a treasure that has been for them? He left them the kind of legacy God intends for every person to leave – a contagious love for Jesus, the teaching of God’s words and God’s ways, and a consistent love and purity.
The answer to, “How do you know that’s what a parent is supposed to be doing?” is found in Ephesians 6:4. It says, “Parents, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Parents can leave a legacy for their children that can literally change their lives and last forever. That’s an exciting prospect! Rick Husband modelled this God-given assignment of being your children’s spiritual coach when he left God’s word for his children, along with hearing him talk with God on their behalf. When your children remember you, will they remember praying with Mum and Dad, parents who loved and lived by the words of God? It’s the greatest legacy you can give them. In the words of the psalmist, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord” and will follow God’s mandate “teach their children, so the next generation would know…even the children yet to be born, and they, in turn, would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God…” (Psalm 78:4, 6, 7). We never know when our own mission on earth will end. Therefore, we can’t waste another day working on our spiritual legacy. The greatest gifts you will leave your children will not be in your will – they will be in your life – as you pass onto them your living faith in God!
Blessings – Rev Willie