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DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: We need vision to live and thrive

The vision to put Americans on the moon helped our country prevail over tyranny.

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Rev. Steve Norby
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Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

I dare say that where there is vision with a message so clear that everyone “gets it,” the people thrive.

Let me give you an example: April 12, 1961, Yuri Gegarin was the first cosmonaut to orbit the earth and return safely. This was a shock to our society like that of Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit earth. In both cases, our country was behind.

On Sept. 12, 1962, President Kennedy gave a speech in response to the Soviet advance. At Rice University in Houston, Texas, he could have said, “We must send an American (who was to be John Glenn) into space to equal the Soviets.” Instead, with vision, he challenged Congress and the American people to authorize a major space program so that “by the end of the decade, America will put a man on the moon, and return him safely to earth.”

Vision. With it the country thrives. Without it, we may have perished to tyranny.

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I remember visiting the Smithsonian Institute at Washington, D.C. The space capsule of Apollo 11 that safely transported Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins back to earth shocked me. Inside, it looked like a submarine from World War II, with valves and pipes that were turned by hand.

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin landed the Eagle at the Sea of Tranquility and walked on the lunar surface.

I will never forget watching that moment where Walter Cronkite shed a tear. That clear night we were on the north side of an Ottertail County Lake with the full moon reflecting off the water. I can still remember watching the television and then turning toward the lake, astounded that Americans were looking at us.

I am glad that we are planning to return. I pray that whoever climbs into that spacecraft will again safely inspire the world.

Vision. With it the people thrive.

I end with four short visionary words that commend our society to overcome all enemies foreign or domestic: The Rule of Law.

Rev. Steve Norby serves as lead pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

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Rev. Steve Norby serves as lead pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.
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