ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, LEAD PASTOR

Two-year-old Hagen Davis flew with his family from Sacramento to Dallas to attend his great uncle’s funeral.  He left his beloved Buzz Lightyear action figure on the plane.  The aircraft then flew to Little Rock, Arkansas, where Beth Buchanan, a Southwest Airlines operations agent, discovered it.  She noticed the name “Hagen” on the bottom of Buzz’s boot and decided to scan the passenger list.

 

A ramp agent named Jason William Hamm saw the toy sitting on his colleague’s desk.  They confirmed that Buzz belonged to Hagen, and Hamm decided to get it back to him.  He emailed the family to let them know he had located Buzz and to ask for their address so he could return the toy to them.  Then he decided to convince Hagen that Buzz had been on a mission before returning home.

 

So, Hamm, an aviation photographer, took pictures of Buzz in front of an airplane, an engine, and a cockpit.  He wrote a letter from Buzz to Hagen explaining his “mission” and the photos.  He decorated a cardboard box with drawings of Buzz, stars, planets, and classic Toy Story sayings, including “To infinity and beyond!”  Then he mailed Buzz, the letter, and the photos to Hagen.

 

Why did Hamm go to such lengths?  He said:  “I have an autistic son, and he gets attached to toys.  If he loses a toy, I know how hard it is for him.”

 

Hagen’s mother said:  “For Jason to go above and beyond for someone he did not know, and to take that much time and effort, it’s just incredible.”

 

In John 13:34-35 Jesus says:  “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)

 

How are you showing through time and effort that you are truly a disciple of Jesus?  How are you going out of your way, above and beyond, to demonstrate the love of Christ to people?


-Michael