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Apollo 13 and Divine Providence

Image credit: Deb Kiner 

Apollo 13 

By Heather Larson| Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten 

54 years ago, Apollo 13 launched toward the moon with three brave men on board. During the space flight, an oxygen tank exploded! That meant there was not enough air for the three astronauts to return safely to the earth.

There were lots of prayers all over the world! Many people visited a special place for praying in Jerusalem. The Pope led prayer in Italy. People prayed together in St Peter’s Square in Russia and at a religious festival in India.

The whole world prayed for their safety for four days while Apollo 13 looped around the moon and splash-landed in the Pacific ocean on April 17. All three astronauts survived, and they were able to collect information about space during their dangerous trip.

Scientists and experts worked hard to help the astronauts get home safely. But they couldn’t do it by themselves!  Even with all their knowledge and experience, those men needed help from God to figure out how to bring the astronauts home safely.

The Apollo 13 rescue was an example of how effort combined with prayer leads to success. God gave the scientists ideas to fix the problem and help get the astronauts home safely. Like it says in Meditation #1, by Mae Carden: 

"God is always willing to help me because I am one of His children.”


This historical thought was delivered by our Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten students at devotional on 4/10/24. Each week one class leads the student body in prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, scripture recitation, a meditation, and an historical thought. Family and friends are welcome, Thursdays 8:30-9:05 am.

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