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STS-107 administrator Rick Bedmate able abbreviate videos for his accouchement while he was in Space. Ceremony day, he delivered reflections from a angelic book, Bible verses, and a story, followed by prayer. (Source: KLTV staff)
STS-107 official aggregation photo. (L to R) David Brown, Rick Husband, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, “Willie” McCool, and Ilan Ramon. (Photo Source: NASA)
Verses from the aboriginal affiliate of the Book of Joshua are inscribed on a bean alfresco the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Building in Hemphill, Texas. (Source: KLTV staff)
Evelyn Husband-Thompson additionally bound her airy adventure in the 2004 book ‘High Calling.’ (Source: KLTV staff)
HEMPHILL, TX (KLTV) – This ages marks 15 years aback the Space Shuttle Columbia bankrupt afar over East Texas. The added of the Columbia’s administrator is administration how that tragedy angry into a analysis of acceptance for her family.
While constant the blow of a apron wasn’t easy, Evelyn Husband-Thompson says she has been able to acquisition healing abundance in the years since.
“Something afflicted so acutely that afterwards February 1st. He (God) promises that he heals the crestfallen and binds up their wounds. He absolutely has healed my burst heart.”
Husband-Thompson has aback remarried and lives in Houston. She and her two accouchement abide hopeful of an abiding approaching together.
“We all three are very, very, actual beholden for the achievement of heaven because we apperceive there will be a reunion. We apperceive area Rick is.”
Their ancestors has been abiding in adherence continued afore the adverse contest of February 1, 2003.
Especially in his developed life, Rick was a apprentice of scripture.
“He had bona fide time with the Lord every morning and sat in a accurate armchair with a behemothic cup of coffee, acutely early, and would apprehend scripture and adjure and study. This wasn’t article he consistently did, but I’m so beholden that he accomplished the point that that’s what he did.”
Sharing this affection with his accouchement came naturally, Evelyn said.
“Rick had a actual able acceptance in the Lord and led our ancestors amazingly, strongly, and would adjure with Lauren and Matthew. So abundant so that he alike fabricated angelic tapes for them aback he was in Space. Ceremony day they would watch a little five-minute video that he had able for them ceremony morning. And he would apprehend out of their angelic books the Bible verse, a little story, and say a adoration and again aloof allocution to them for a moment.”
Rick was captivated by advancing for the barrage of the STS-107 mission, but he fabricated it a antecedence to almanac the tapes, Evelyn said.
“So they watched them every day and watched them the morning of the landing. And Rick said in those tapes that he was so appreciative of them and so beholden to be their dad and couldn’t delay to see them.”
Prior to the barrage Rick had been acceptance the Book of Joshua and had alike started to acquire the aboriginal chapter.
“He had a little circling anthology with basis cards and he would address the verses down. Aback he was on the treadmill or if he was just, you know, whatever, he would use those verses to advice him acquire and alert him.”
The night afore the barrage on January 16, 2003, the families of the aggregation aggregate for an black together. Evelyn remembers her bedmate absent to adjure for the accessible mission.
“Rick was actual accurate and abundant about not proselytizing the crew. Abnormally as the commander, he was actual sensitive. You know, they all came from altered acceptance systems and he admired that. But he lived his acceptance out and so (he) was not affectionate about it. He aloof absolved it.”
An affectionate setting, this would be the aftermost time the families and aggregation associates would see ceremony other.
“Rick asked the aggregation if it was accept if he prayed. And he was actual aboveboard and allurement that. He didn’t appetite to be abhorrent at all,” Evelyn said.
From memory, he led a absorption about one of his admired verses from his contempo studies, Joshua 1:6-9.
6 Be strong and courageous, because you will advance these bodies to accede the acreage I swore to their ancestors to accord them.
“He aloof aggregate with them that this ballad had a lot of acceptation with him and that he knew that the Lord would be with them on their barrage and during their mission. In the access it talks about the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
About a ages afterwards the accident, Evelyn says she struggled with grief.
“I bethink one night aloof praying and attractive up at the stars and aloof allurement the Lord to advice me. I aloof acquainted so absent and so burst over Rick’s afterlife and the Lord assured me in a way that I never had happened before. He says, ‘Evelyn I am with you adapted now and I am with Rick adapted now. Nothing has changed. Rick has afflicted locations. He’s actuality with me in heaven. But we’re all three still together. I’m still with him. I’m still with you.'”
Then added reminders of the scripture started assuming up, admitting her alienated television and media coverage.
“I bankrupt that little aphorism and angry it (the TV) on for aloof a bit. And it was on C-SPAN. I angry it on aloof at the moment that the clergyman of the House of Representatives is account account Joshua 1:6-9 to the House and adage that it was a admired bible ballad of Administrator Husband,” Evelyn said.
“I abstruse too that that brother Fred (Raney), aback they begin altered charcoal and abnormally with Rick’s, that he said Joshua 1:6-9 at that actual agitating moment aback they begin him. And it’s aloof badly allusive to me.”
These reminders triggered a abysmal absorption on the acceptation of the angelic text.
“God is a actual big God. And no catechism has acclimated those words so abounding times. And it’s amazing to me how active scripture is that it could administer to such a aeon of time so continued ago but nothing’s changed. The Lord is with us wherever we go. So it’s aloof as able of a accuracy now as it was aback back Joshua wrote those words and all through the times that they’ve been said aback they’re aloof acutely powerful.”
Husband-Thompson says that scripture continues to be a able alarm for the families of the crew. It has alike been adopted by the Sabine County Columbia Canonizing Committee, which recites it at affairs and memorials.
“Their abutment meant and continues to beggarly so abundant to all of the Columbia families, to me, to the NASA community. It’s cutting to alike butt the consequence of the assignment and the efforts that were made. The hawkeye nights and the active accomplishment to booty affliction of and adjure for and animate us aback they were walking through such an absurd tragedy that landed on their doorstep, literally.”
The verses are alike categorical into a ample bean alfresco the access to the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Building in Hemphill.
“They’ve been words that accept been a huge abundance to me and to my accouchement as well. So they they’re actual allusive and I aloof anticipate they’re acutely adapted for the building and for the Hemphill community.”
Of the bags of volunteers who assisted in the 2003 chase and accretion effort, Belinda Gay and Marsha Cooper accept become abutting accompany of the Bedmate family.
“It was such an amazing and admirable affiliation the aboriginal time I met them and we accomplished how able we all were in our acceptance of Jesus. It aloof affiliated us anon as sisters in Christ, which is the best able of all. And we all accept the achievement of heaven and so we were all alive from the aforementioned folio of alive that alike admitting this was a abstruse tragedy, there was achievement in the bosom of that.”
As the administrator of the ‘Remembering Columbia’ Museum, Gay now works to bottle the bequest of the Columbia aggregation by educating academy accouchement about the mission. This accomplishment is personal, as she was a key amount in acclimation the efforts of bounded volunteers in 2003.
“God put that activity on us, to acknowledgment them home, to get them aback to their families, and to see it through. To accomplishment the activity with them. And I don’t apperceive why he chose us.”
Husband-Thompson said she believes all-powerful action played some role in the tragedy advance in East Texas.
“It happened in a association that’s actual baby and actual able in actual faith-based. And it happened in a association that was able to appearance the apple what it looks like to be bent absolutely off bouncer in an cutting bearings that no one humanly could administer or handle. And that’s absolutely what this association did.”
Honoring the collapsed astronauts and alarming approaching ancestors continues to be a antecedence for Sabine County. Ceremony year the association holds a canonizing account on the anniversary, agreeable bedfellow speakers, adopted admiral and the astronauts’ families.
“They beggarly that aback they say that the STS-107 mission became their mission,” Bedmate said. “They accepted the befalling to serve the Lord, to flash for him and to do the best assignment they’ve anytime done in their lives.”
While abiding to Hemphill is still difficult for Husband-Thompson, she says there’s an important assignment to be learned.
“Is this still a boxy day? It’s a actual boxy day. Is it still article that I accept a lot of sorrow? Absolutely. But you can accept affliction and yet accept a accord and a joy because of the promises that the Bible teaches. I don’t apperceive how that works but I’m actual grateful.”
The Bedmate family’s adventure of acceptance is additionally abundant in the 2004 book ‘High Calling,’ bound by Husband-Thompson and Donna Vaniere.
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