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Missing the Big Story


On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first flight of an airplane at Kitty Hawk NC. The flight lasted 59 seconds and travelled 850 ft. Wilbur rushed to the local telegraph office and sent the following message home -- WE HAVE FLOWN FOR 59 SECONDS - WE WILL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!


Upon receiving the telegram their sister, Katherine went to the newspaper office, told the editor of her brother’s new flying machine, and informed him, they would be home for Christmas, if he would like to set up an interview. He told her that was nice, and he would be sure to put something in the paper regarding the boys. On December 19th, the local paper placed the following headline on the 6th page of the paper: "WRIGHT BROTHERS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS".


The most important story of the year -- man’s first flight -- and the editor missed it! I wonder if the same could be said about us when it comes to Christmas.


(From a sermon by Stephen Sheane "Christmas Past, Present and Future" 12/21/2008)

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