Saved to Serve

Saved to Serve

Sunday, December 5, 2021
| Luke 1:68-79

We love a good rescue story, and Zechariah has a tale to tell about the rescuer who brought salvation to us.

Steve Poust was fishing in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida, with his son Chase, age 7, and daughter Abigail, age 4. The boat was anchored, and the kids were in the water playing around. Abigail was wearing a life vest, but Chase was not required to wear one because he was 7.

Then Abigail let go of the back of the boat and started to drift away. Dad got into the water to get the girl and yelled at Chase to get help. Steve Poust was overcome with fatigue and Abigail again floated away in the powerful current.

Chase swam more than a mile back to shore to get help. He floated, he dog-paddled, and he made it. Help arrived and the story had a good outcome.

As inspiring as this story is, for drama it doesn’t match some of the most amazing and daring rescue stories of all time. Consider the “Miracle at Dunkirk,” Apollo 13, the “Raid on Entebbe,” the 2010 Copiapó mining accident, “Baby Jessica,” the Thailand soccer team rescue...

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