Posted By on Apr 1, 2017 |


Like many of you, I fly Southwest Airlines quite a bit. Before a recent flight from Denver, an unusual thing happened just before we pushed back from the gate. The pilot pops out of the cockpit, takes the microphone, and had a talk with all of us seated in this jam-packed flight.


What he said was captivating. You could tell it was from his heart. I’ll give you the condensed version. He said: “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for flying SWA. I am your pilot for today’s flight. Before we take off I want you to relax. There is nothing to fear. We may experience some bumps going over the Rockies, but that is normal. We are trained to do this—you have nothing to be concerned about.

“Second, I want to encourage you by sharing my personal mission with you. Given all the negativity going on in Washington D.C., I am choosing to ignore all of that, and focus on something else. My personal mission is to express love to people in any small way I can. I think this is the best way to make a difference in our country—one person at a time, expressing a little bit of love to one other. I hope you will consider joining me in that mission. Now, please enjoy the flight, and let us know if there is any way we can serve you.”

Guess what happened after that? Applause! It was like people were saying, Yeah, that’s good. More love, less hate. More blessing, less cursing, starting with us. We can do this.

His words unexpectedly blessed our souls. I extend to you a blessing via the world’s oldest blessing given by Moses to Aaron the priest to pray over the people. From Numbers 6:24-26:

Now may the Lord bless you and keep you,

The Lord make his face to shine upon you,

And be gracious to you,

The Lord turn his face toward you,

And give you peace.”