Thought for the Day:
The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.
~ Felix Adler ~
By hero, we tend to mean a heightened man who, more than other men, possesses qualities of courage, loyalty, resourcefulness, charisma, above all, selflessness. He is an example of right behavior; the sort of man who risks his life to protect his society’s values, sacrificing his personal needs for those of the community.
~ Paul Zweig ~
If you haven’t heard the story of Wesley Autrey then let me share it very briefly here. Wesley Autrey is a man, a Human, who created a moment made grand and transcendent by his act of Love.
Very briefly now:
Mr. Autrey was waiting for the subway in NYC with his 2 young daughters when he saw a man, also on the platform, collapse to the floor in a fit of convulsions. He alerted the token booth clerk and then went to the man to help him in any way he could. He saw that the man, flat on his back was having a seizure so he placed a pen across the opening of his mouth to prevent him from choking on his tongue and with his fingers swept vomit and thick saliva from the man’s mouth. With the aid of women the man was revived and all seemed relatively fine at this point.
Then the young man, apparently restored to normal, walked along the subway platform, went into seizure again, and fell backwards onto the subway tracks. Mr. Autrey, who at this time was tending to his daughters, saw the man fallen on the tracks, his body laid across one of the rails. Even worse, there was a train pulling into the station! Looking back at his daughters, he made a split-second assessment of the entire situation, his life, his daughters, the man in mortal danger, the speed of the incoming train, and made the decision to risk everything he knew and loved to save a stranger from sure death.
He leaped onto the tracks and did what to most minds was an incredible act of bravery or insanity.
I won’t tell you the rest so that you can look it up yourself – Google ‘Wesley Autrey’ and you will get the story and you can watch the video of his appearance on David Letterman and other news segments on YouTube.
For my part, I honor Mr. Autrey as a true hero, an angel, a savior. He could have stopped at any point along the way for the sake of his daughters, his life and well-being, or some other perfectly understandable reason and no one would have thought of him any less.
Yet, he allowed his heart to expand beyond its own loyalties, interests, and unseen afflictions to embrace another Human in a time of exceptional need and distress. His Heart and Spirit, stretched beyond the limit of what his rational mind would allow, have shone a Light so brilliant and inspiring to me that I am compelled to call it what it is – CHRIST.
the truth we seek we are…….