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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, AUGUST 16, 2012
People often ask me to pray for them. I am
happy to oblige. It seems natural to share
our deep concerns with God. In one of the
few stories about Jesus and prayer this is
what he was doing. Just before his death
when he knew the authorities were out to
get him he retreated to quiet place called
Gethsemane to pray. There he shared with
God the hope that maybe he could avoid
dying the cruel death that he knew was
coming. I think it is natural for us to pray
such prayers. They come from deep within.
But I am also interested that as Jesus
continued to pray something changed.
From deep in his heart his prayer became
not my will but your will be done.
Much of our prayer never makes this
transition. We want God to fulfill our
wishes and do what we want. We are
disappointed when God doesn't oblige.
I don't fully understand how praying works
but I know in my own life there have been
significant times when I've felt deeply
connected with God. In such times I feel
that I am encountering the powerful divine
energy of love and healing. There is a
strong feeling of my will and God's will
being synchronized. When that happens
the healing, energizing, creative power of
God is set free.
When we pray and we feel we are speaking
to a brick wall it can be that we are too
focused on what we want rather than
discerning the will of God. Prayer in
its deepest form is about
connecting with God and
getting our lives in tune with
what God is up to.
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PIPER POWER: Malcolm Mills and his flying machine. He cruised at 1000 feet as he flew over his badly quake-damaged store in the central
business district and saw his wife come out to wave.
By ANNA PRICE
BIRTHDAY HIGH: Mr Mills 'hadn't lost his touch', club instructor Chris
and his flying machine
HIS 60th birthday looming,
Malcolm Mills really wanted
to to make it fly''.
So he booked a lesson at the
Canterbury Aero Club.
Some 33 years earlier he
had flown out of Kaikoura in a
Piper Cherokee but, with later
commitments, flying was put
on the back burner.
In search of his lost youth
in the skies over Canterbury,
Mr Mills, of Parklands, was
ready for business.
Instructor Chris Perkins
took him through the ropes,
ushered him out on to the
apron and selected a Piper
Cherokee -- registration
ZKDUP -- from a line-up of
more than 35 aircraft.
Pre-flights finished and a
final radio call, and we were
off down the runway with me
at the throttle,'' Mr Mills
It was an emotional
Rotate and bank left,
swing around over the city for
a look at my shop and city-
scape from upstairs.
Off to West Melton [air-
field] for a series of touch and
go landings, it's all coming
back to me.
I get it back on the deck in
one piece each time, amazing
stuff and I'm lost in the clut-
ter of adjusting, trim, throttle,
It was time to head back to
the airport and the final
Elated, he did the drill --
refuelling and parking the air-
craft away. That night he
hunted out his old flight log
and his eye fell on the last
entry -- his solo Kaikoura
His old log read March 8,
1979, Cherokee rego ZKDUP.
It was the same aircraft. I
was quite blown away.
This was a truly serendip-
That magic moment was all
the sweeter for learning this
year of his grandfather Ernest
Patchett's strong personal
connection with the legendary
Southern Cross, in which
Charles Kingsford Smith and
his crew of three made their
ground breaking flight from
Sydney to Christchurch in
The three-engine Fokker
made the epic trans-Tasman
crossing in 14 hours, 25
A cousin of Mr Mills sent
a photo of the Southern
Cross showing his grand-
father -- a mechanic -- remov-
ing a propeller in the over-
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