On Sunday, 16 August 1987, Northwest Airlines flight 225 crashed just after taking off from Detroit Airport. One hundred and fifty-five people were killed. One survived: a four-year-old from Tempe, Arizona, named Cecelia.
News accounts say when rescuers found Cecelia they did not believe she had been a passenger but was in one of the cars on the highway onto which the airliner crashed. But when the passenger register for the flight was checked, there was Cecelia’s name. Cecelia survived because, as the plane was falling, Cecelia’s mother, Paula Chican, unbuckled her own seat belt, got down on her knees in front of her daughter, wrapped her arms and body around Cecelia, and then would not let her go.
Nothing could separate that child from her parent’s love - not tragedy or disaster, not the fall or the flames that followed, not height nor depth, not life nor death. Such is the love of our Saviour for us. He left heaven, lowered himself to us, and covered us with the sacrifice of his own body to save us.