During World War I, the famous U.S. pilot, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, was flying a special mission to the Pacific Islands. His plane crashed, and Rickenbacker and his crew were lost at sea for twenty-one days. Some in the crew were unbelievers, but when the ordeal was finally over, each of them acknowledged that they had experienced God’s living Presence. Each had discovered God in the empty loneliness. Each had acquired strength of soul by joining with Rickenbacker and the others in prayer and Bible reading. Two readings especially helped to bring the entire group close together and to renew hope in the worst hours of that tough time. One of the readings was an Old Testament Psalm. The other was a passage from the Gospel of Luke which, in part, reads as follows:
Do not judge, and you will not be judged; grant pardon and you will be pardoned … Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the…
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