By Leona Thomas
There are a lot of horrifying stories on the news programmes that can make us think we live in a dangerous world. But is it really true? Yes, bad things are happening but does that really mean it will happen to you too?
I have an American friend who travelled to Europe in 1988 for a holiday. She booked her flights to and from Europe and set off for a terrific holiday - her first trip overseas.
She had a great time but she discovered it was more expensive than being in America and her money ran out before she was due to return home. So she changed her flight and came home one week early. She then got on with her everyday life.
A week later she saw something on the news.
A terrorist bomb blew up the original return flight home, which she had booked for 21 December, as it flew over Scotland (UK). There were no survivors on that plane and people in the village below were killed too. That terrorist event is known as the Lockerbie Bombing - named after the Scottish village where the wreckage of that plane landed.
My friend is still alive and well all these years later and enjoying her life. Although all her family and friends love her dearly, there is nothing particularly extraordinary about her. She has not run for President or done anything political locally. She is not Oprah Winfrey or anybody famous. She is a normal woman living a normal life. And she is still alive because her money ran out. Or so it seems.
Do you think it was an accident that her money ran out and she came home early?
Is it possible there was no mistake in that?
She is still alive to tell the tale in 2018 and the world is so much richer for her presence here.
SAFE! Part Two
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