When I heard that Glenn Beck was going to tell the story of my plea that went viral, the story of how Ian ended up getting a chance to meet a real American hero, Marcus Luttrell, and the rest of Team Never Quit, I knew it wasn’t going to be the back-to-homeschool Monday morning I had envisioned and planned for.
I got up and made sure everyone was fed and dressed (just because we have the freedom to “go to school” in our pajamas doesn’t mean we do, very much), and then instead of hitting the math and reading books, we all gathered around the living room TV (which has no antenna and is essentially just a giant monitor for a computer, and the wii), to tune in to watch the radio show live on The Blaze.
We were blown away.
I knew he had been moved enough to lend a helping tweet and email, but to watch somebody get emotional telling a story, telling our story, was humbling. We all got choked up watching him get choked up.
I get it. It’s a great story, and I’m sure I’d get a goosebump or two listening to him tell the story even if it was about some other family. I’m kind of a softie that way.
But it was a good story. It is a good story, a story of good, a story of someone lending a helping hand, a story of someone answering a call for help and stepping up, going beyond what was asked.
A stranger, going the extra mile, for a stranger.
It’s a great story, and I’m just so humbled and honored to be a part of it all.
I wrote on Facebook that “As Christians, we try to guard our hearts, not wanting to fall into “hero worship” or idolatry, but I do believe that the Lord uses stories like Marcus’, stories of enduring through horrific hardships and pain, to inspire us, to keep us going in this long and weary battle we call life…”
I do believe that the Lord uses stories like his, and I do believe that the Lord uses people, responding to inner promptings from the Holy Spirit (whether they even know it or not), to bless others.
I don’t believe that it was simply chance that Glenn Beck saw my tweet last Thursday night. (Can you even imagine his @/mentions stream?!)
I do believe that regardless of either man’s spiritual (or political) position, that the Lord used both of those men, along with the raised voices of hundreds more, to bless our Ian, and to bless the rest of our family along the way, and we’re all just so thankful!
And then we hit the math books. 🙂
How did we know that Glenn Beck was going to talk about it on his nationally syndicated radio show? The reporter from The Blaze told me the night before…!
Click to read – If You Needed Another Reason to Love Former SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Here It Is on The Blaze
Also click to read – Mom’s Plea to Connect Cancer Survivor Son With Marcus Luttrell Goes Viral on GlennBeck.com