Found an interesting story in my paper last week–a helicopter in Denver has become a popular way for religious leaders to gain perspective on their missions, writes Stephanie Simon in the LA Times. Monks, rabbis, imams and pastors have taken up the offer of a free ride on the chopper called “Prayer One” and run by pilot Jeff Pucket.

Seems that after taking a ride on Pucket’s chopper two years ago, Rev. Tom Melton realized that helicopter rides might encourage ministers to work for their entire city, not just their congregation. Anyone can take a free ride if they express a passion for God and a desire to serve, but ministers get priority.

I know the feeling–so many times when I’m up in an airplane and looking out the window, I look down at all the little houses and cars and am reminded of how small we really are compared to God. And yet he’s so much bigger and higher than I am at jetliner altitude.

You can get the same feeling playing Sim City, of course. (VBG).

My hat’s off to Jeff Pucket. Fly on!



  1. CrownLaidDown

    Couldn’t we all use a helicopter ride to see that the world is a bigger place than we might act?

    I just listened to Beth Moore’s “Delight in Him” on CD and she called her girls “globeheads,” when they began to act like the world revolved around them.

    We all do sometimes and could use a bigger perspective, I’m thinkin’.
    ‘Loved this idea!

  2. Angela

    Thank you, Brittanie! So nice to hear!

    And the second book is all done; I think it releases next spring. In the second book, SHE ALWAYS WORE RED, Jen is in mortuary school, trying to cram her brain with anatomy facts and funeral home figures. She also discovers a long-hidden family secret and comes face to face with some of her own prejudices. In addition, Clay, her son, discovers a REAL secret about the town of Mt. Dora. There’s a lot happening at Fairlawn in the second book!

    Thanks so much for your kind words.


  3. Dave Rhoades

    My Daughter, Tredessa works for one of the ministries that helped start Prayer One. She is the right hand person to Jude Del Hierro of Confluence Ministries. Jude is the one who wrote the worship song, “More Power, More Glory”? Anyway, it is a great way to get that God’s Eye View of Denver and is doing great work to solidify pastors around the area. They meet each month and are able to really make and impact on the city.

  4. Cindy Swanson

    What an excellent idea! I’ve often felt that way while looking out an airplane window as well. I think that would be a great way to get some perspective on your area of ministry.

  5. Anonymous

    It reminds me of a Christian Song I hear on my local station by Cherie Call. It is called It Passes All my Understanding. Here are the lyrics..

    I was sitting on a southbound plane,
    I was buried in a magazine
    When the man in the next seat over
    Wanted to talk to me
    He talked about the universe,
    He talked about Saturn’s rings
    He said, &quotI might be an atheist,
    Except for just one thing:

    It passes all my understanding
    How it all worked out just right
    The distance that we live from the sun,
    The stars that shine at night
    We may prove that it was just an accident
    But how did it begin?
    It passes all my understanding”

    I told him, You are a scholar;
    You know things that I don’t know
    But I believe a God in heaven
    Made everything below
    And I know we are his children;
    I’ve known it since I was two
    But when it comes to being struck with awe,
    I’m just like you

    It passes all my understanding,
    All the beauty we have here
    From the majesty of the canyons
    To a tiny baby’s ear
    And even when I can’t believe it,
    He still believes in me
    It passes all my understanding”

    We watched the sun set through the clouds
    In a tiny little airplane window
    With people sleeping all around
    And I thought of how we just expect this world to be
    And when the flight attendant passed me by
    I threw away my magazine

    It passes all my understanding,
    That the Lord knows both our names
    And that He made this world for everyone
    That was sitting on that plane
    And in spite of all of man’s distractions
    He offers us His peace
    That passes all my understanding


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