Big Orange

Deborah Hendrick on Saturday, September 16th, 2006

The sound came from far off, and woke him in the small hours. It got louder and louder until the familiar whumpwhumpwhump crossed over in a screaming roar that vibrated everything in his house. “Hang on!” he shouted out loud. “Big Orange is coming. Look up, and watch the sky! They’ll be there soon.”

He rolled over and sat up on the side of the bed. “Please dear Lord, let them get there in time. Give them strength for their commitment, courage for what lies ahead. Their easiest rescue ever Lord, this day. Every one comes home alive. Only tears of joy, please, Lord God Almighty. ‘Be thou exalted O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.'”

PRESS RELEASE: Date: September 2006


HOUSTON Ellington Field – Coast Guard Air Station Houston rescued two men after their boat caught fire and sank, approximately 20 miles southeast of Port Bolivar around 2:35 A.M. Using approximate coordinates radioed in by another boat, the rescue helicopter found the two men after one fired a flare into the sky, when they heard the helicopter approaching.

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3 Responses to “Big Orange”

Eric Says:
September 18th, 2006 at 11:09 am

Love that prayer. I suspect you’ve had experience praying it.

Kelly Says:
September 18th, 2006 at 11:42 am

Great. The perfect glovebox story.

Deborah Says:
September 18th, 2006 at 1:55 pm

Eric, the shock is so great when Big Orange roars over that “Dear Lord” is the only thing to say!


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