Surprise in the Sky

On a recent flight, as we prepared to land, the airline steward came over the intercom with the familiar spiel, “Please check that your seat belt is securely fastened, and your seat and tray table are in the full upright position.”

But then the gentleman surprised everyone with his own twist. “As we say back home in Hawaii, ‘Malama Kekahi i Kekahi,’ which means to take care of one another. So please check that those sitting near you have also completed these tasks.”

Me: Excuse me, sir. Your fine tailored suit and polished wingtips scream “Senior Executive,” but could you please turn off that laptop and return your tray table to the full upright position?

Senior Executive: No visible reaction. Continues typing.

Seriously, taking care of one another–now that’s straight outta scripture!

Each of you should look no only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4 (NIV)

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

Angie, from Water For Camels summed this idea up beautifully in her recent post, “Learning to Lean”

“We have an innate need to connect,” says Angie. To lean on someone else doesn’t necessarily mean you’re about to fall. It’s proof we’re fallible humans. Allowing another person to support us temporarily, so we can right ourselves, is a good thing. Yet this requires humility and letting this (trustworthy) person inside.

Kind reader, today and every day, may we follow the wisdom of a Hawaiian flight attendant, the Holy Bible, and my blogger friend Angie: “Malama Kekahi i Kekahi“–take care of one another.

Lastly, I’d like to thank several of my Christian blogger friends, you know who you are, who’ve taken care of me through your prayers these past few weeks. I am grateful beyond words for the bond we share in Christ.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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31 responses to “Surprise in the Sky”

  1. Stacey Avatar

    No worries at all! I wouldn’t expect a comment within any particular timeframe. I hope that’s not a wordpress expectation for most people because I only get on here if my son naps.

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  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I like that Japanese phrase, Stacey. Pride is such a relentless enemy; daily reminders to be more humble and grateful are needed. Thank you for reading and commenting. For some reason, I did not see your comment until 4 hours later. Sorry. ☺️


  3. Stacey Avatar

    I feel like sometimes Christian ideas in other cultures get my attention as much as a sermon. A Japanese phrase I learned and now use before eating is, “I humbly receive.” It helps me be more deeply thankful than other more rote things I’ve said over the years

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’d like to see the results, as well, Nancy! It’s a tall order, but we can overcome evil with good. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

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  5. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    Thank you for sharing this story, David. I wonder what the collective outcome might be if we looked for opportunities to take care of the folks around us–strangers included? (I like what I’m seeing in my imagination!)

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  6. […] as I read David’s post about flying in his blog, it brought back memories of the time I was briefly an assistant flight […]


  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I can envision you having fun with that. 🤪


  8. jesusluvsall Avatar

    On one flight I was on I ended up being between two attendants with their carts as I was trying to get back to my seat. I had fun helping them hand out stuff. It turned into a comical moment for the other passengers

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Peggy! I appreciate your input. God Bless!

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  10. peggywritesblog Avatar

    A beautiful reminder for all us! Take care of one another.

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, it was quite a surprise to hear this young man’s addendum to the “it’s time to land” routine.

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Simply B! I am happy to be a part of your “who else?” prayer list.😊

    God Bless!

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  13. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Such beautiful wise words David. Isn’t it great how Father God uses the most unexpected things to remind you that He cares…even a Hawaiian flight attendant! God bless you today brother 🙏

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  14. SimplyB Avatar

    Such a great post and important message. Blessings to you on this Sunday. I had the opportunity during the night for lots of prayer (insomnia). At one point I prayed “Lord, who else needs prayer that I haven’t mentioned?” I’ll just believe that you were on God’s heart when I asked “who else?”. And you’ll be in my prayers today. 🙏

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    😊Thank you, friend.

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  16. Betty Avatar

    Oh David, you don’t have to explain. I just wanted you to know, I will add you to my prayer list so I can “Malama Kekahi Kekahi.”

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I read a quote by the former CEO of Caterpillar, Inc (the yellow bulldozer folks). “Always make the job itself the ‘hero’” This thought really stuck with me. Our overarching mission should always be priority one. For Christian’s that’s “Love one another, as Christ loves you.”

    Thanks, Gary. God Bless!

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I had some important life-things happen recently and reached out to some blogger friends for prayer. I should have thought of you, Betty. You’re quite the encourager! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Gary Fultz Avatar

    I was priviledged to work for a CEO who would stop and fix something or get it fixed right away in his walk throughs. He listened to the workers. His comment to me once: I hope I am never too important to unplug a toilet.
    He led the charge developing a spirit of cooperation. I’m going to text him that Hawaian greeting. Thats good.

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  20. Betty Avatar

    Beautiful thoughts, David! I try to do this, but this post encourages me to be on the lookout for even more opportunities to do this, too. Enjoy your Sunday! P.S. I didn’t know to pray for you, but I’ll add you to my daily list going forward – just to cover all the bases. 🙂

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  21. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Haha! Yeah, it does make you wonder. That’s interesting stuff, David.

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Apparently they rowed (or sailed) in large canoes from other nearby islands. These short hops were their way of finding greener pastures. Can you picture them landing on Waikiki Beach? 🏝 “ Dudes, we could build a resort here!”

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  23. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    That’s cool—where did they “canoe” from, I wonder? For some reason this always makes me think of Vikings paddling a big boat. I love this picture of Acts 2. Peace and bountiful blessings, brother.

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Rainer! I did a little research—after we landed, of course. 😇 Many Pacific Islanders came as “canoe people” from other islands, bringing lots of cool stuff with them. Rather than hoard these treasures, they freely shared (back and forth) with others—thus helping everyone. It’s a real “2nd Chapter of Acts” thing!

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  25. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    I love this, David. Thank you for sharing this beautiful reminder of our need to simply “Malama Kekahi i Kekahi”.


  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I am grateful for you too, my brother. A cord of three (or many more) strands is not easily broken!

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  27. Avatar

    Totally agree. Asking others into our lives, I would say, is virtually a biblical command…although it’s not, perhaps, worded that way…

    Grateful for you David

    Andy B

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  28. BG Avatar

    Lol 😂

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    And thank you for reading and commenting, BG! I was so intrigued by what the young flight attendant said I took out my phone to Google it. Oops, I wasn’t supposed to have my “personal electronic device” out until we taxied to the gate.🙃

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  30. BG Avatar

    Thank you for sharing this!

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