Wednesday, January 04, 2006

How Did This Happen?!

Last night when I went to sleep the fate of the miners was uncertain. The rescue crew had found one man but were looking for the others. I hadn't been asleep for long when my husband, Jim woke me up and told me the "good" news that the others were found and they were alive. My heart was filled with joy as the news of the successful rescue hit my ears.

When I woke up this morning, however, I learned that what we had been told, what the families of the miners had been told, was all a miscommunication. My heart broke and my eyes filled with tears as we heard the horrible news this morning.

I can't even begin to imagine how much that hurt those people who had gathered in the church thinking they were soon going to see their loved ones alive and well. In some ways that little glimmer of hope that became dashed was worse than the initial words of the tragedy itself.

Please, be in prayer for these families and friends who I imagine are feeling a gamut of emotions from anger to sorrow to fear to despair. May they feel the presence of God in the midst of their pain.