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Mysterious Ways: The Sonic Boom That Solved a Crime

Was it just coincidence? Science and serendipity unexpectedly come together to foil a robbery.

For 20 years, the space shuttle has carried American astronauts into space. But while the shuttle missions have had their share of monumental achievements, they never helped solve a crime before.

Until last week. Was it coincidence? Or something more? You decide.

In Kissimmee, Florida, at 2 a.m., all was quiet. The residents of the Remington subdivision were in their beds, fast asleep.

It was the perfect opportunity for two young street toughs up to no good. First they broke into an unoccupied home. Then they went up the street, breaking into cars and grabbing whatever they could.

They would have gotten away with it, too. But then came the sound.

Boom! It was like a blast of thunder, but there wasn’t a cloud in the night sky. Boom! Another blast.

One homeowner, shaken by the noise, went to the window. She looked outside and saw two men she didn’t recognize—in her car. She called 911. Minutes later, the men were in custody.

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What was that loud booming sound? Not thunder. It was the sonic boom from the Space Shuttle Endeavor, arriving home from the second-to-last shuttle mission.

Who knows what instruments God uses to protect us? If he could use a doorbell to alert a family to danger, then couldn’t he also use a space shuttle?

Maybe it was just coincidence. Then again, if it weren’t for the multiple weather delays it experienced on the launch pad, the shuttle never would have shot past Kissimmee that evening.

NASA’s last space shuttle flight is scheduled for June 28. The agency has a new crew transport vehicle in development. We’ll continue to reach towards the heavens… and they’ll continue to reach down to us.

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Walking in Grace 2023 Devotional

We wanted to let you know that we have changed the name of Daily Guideposts to Walking in Grace —(Don’t worry — we promise it is the ONLY change we’ve made!)

Walking in Grace 2023 is the perfect way to start or end each day, focusing on God’s love, and connecting you to a community of writers and readers. Each daily devotion will bless you with a short Scripture verse that draws you into His word, a true moving story about the joys and challenges of living a life of faith, hope, and optimism, a short personal prayer that helps you put the day’s message to work in your own life, and a unique “Digging Deeper” Scripture for further reflection.

In just a few minutes a day, Walking in Grace 2023 will help you find the spiritual richness you long for in your life.

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