Worst Disaster or Finest Hour?

One of my favorite movies is Apollo 13 (along with Rudy, Braveheart, The Patriot, and Iron Will). Underdog heroes have always inspired me to never give up.

In Apollo 13, shortly after an apparent electrical short/explosion occurs in the rocket ship, all the warning lights and alarms begin flashing in the cockpit and at mission control. That’s when we hear the commander say, “Houston, we have a problem.”

The space crew’s defining moment comes later in the movie, when it becomes apparent that the odds are not good that Apollo 13 will make it safely home.

One of the flight controllers at NASA says to the flight director, “This could be the worst disaster NASA has ever experienced.”

The flight director glances over at the man, stands up straight, adjusts his tie, and calmly responds with great confidence, “With all due respect, sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”

In the spirit of Apollo 13, “Washington, we have a problem.”

But here is the question we need to ask: Will this be the worst disaster the United States of America has ever experienced, or will this prove to be our finest hour?

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