In our last blog post, we talked to former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow about his summer gig as co-host of Fox’s “Home Free,” in which people compete to win homes for the heroes in their lives (and some money for themselves).
In the interview, Tebow said:
There are a lot of heroes walking around amongst us, and so many times they don’t get thanked. They don’t get supported, and what they do goes unnoticed.
Well, everyday heroes on a plane flight got some attention yesterday, via this Facebook post from passenger Richard V. Gotti. It reveals how how people came together on a Delta Airlines flight helped an ailing passenger — and Tebow was there to offer prayers and support.
I have to share this story! I was traveling on Delta Airlines Flight Number 1772 from Atlanta, Georgia to Phoenix, Arizona when there was a medical emergency on board. An older gentleman began having what appeared to be heart problems, and he went unconscious. I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour! Whether it was chest compressions, starting an IV, helping breathe life into this man, or praying everyone helped! I listened to shock after shock from the AED machine and still no pulse. No one gave up. I observed people praying and lifting this man up to the Lord in a way that I’ve never seen before. The crew of Delta Airlines were amazing. They acted in a fast and professional manner! Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow. He met with the family as they cried on his shoulder! I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man. He made a stand for God in a difficult situation. The plane landed in Phoenix and that was the first time they got a pulse back! Please share this with your friends! Pray for this man and his family, and also thank God that we still have people of faith who in times of difficulty look to the Lord!
We never know when we’ll have an opportunity to use the power of prayer. Not only do the prayers themselves do good, but giving a public witness to faith can have unexpected benefits. Tebow has been teased a lot in the media for his overt faith, but it hasn’t stopped him from doing what comes naturally to a strong Christian.
Whether it’s saying grace in a restaurant or at a picnic, doing the Sign of the Cross to honor the Lord in the tabernacle while passing a Catholic church, or being seen praying a rosary or chaplet — you never know who’s watching, or how it may touch his or her heart.
Pray on, Tim Tebow, pray on …
Image: Courtesy Richard V. Gotti, via Facebook