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Canada has shown in a variety of ways that they can be a most hospitable nation to the world . . . even more true in a time of unparalleled adversity. The occasion? Terrorism attacks against an old friend just to the south on September 11, 2001. The Canadian response? Operation Yellow Ribbon.
U.S. airspace was completely closed to all commercial airliners as the Twin Towers crumbled and the Pentagon burned. More than 33,000 inbound passengers on 224 flights from all over the globe destined for any number of U.S. airports needed a safe alternative place to land . . . . and Canada unfurled the most compassionate and hospitable Yellow Ribbon many could ever recall.
Halifax International took in 47 planes. Vancouver International took in 34. And Gander International . . . well this tiny town of 10,000 kind souls . . . took in 38 flights containing close to 7,000 unexpected guests. Like the other Canadian communities . . . in Gander . . . schools, churches, buses, unlocked homes and personal dining room tables became the safe landing spot for passengers caught in the crossfire of enemy attack.
2001 was really an “aftershock” terror attack . . . a graphic reminder of a sinister plot by the Prince of Darkness to destroy all of humanity on the day Jerusalem went darker than night from noon to 3:00 pm while the sinless Son of God hung from a cross of execution. We began to really understand three days later that heaven’s Operation Yellow Ribbon had been fully unfurled for all human souls caught in the crossfire of enemy attack – God had come not to condemn, but to be crushed and condemned for us, and His resurrection opened a runway, a safe place to land. Scripture tells us,
“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves . . . do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In my Father’s house are many rooms . . . I am going there to prepare a place for you. . . and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” – Colossians 1:13-14; John 14:2-3
This is David “JB” Miller saying “thank you Gander” . . . thank you for reminding us just when our hearts become filled with fear and uncertainty in an evil world . . . thank you for pointing us towards Heaven’s Operation Yellow Ribbon . . . when Jesus said once and for all . . .
. . . “My house, your home”.