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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A Nod to Heroes We’ve Met

Recently the nation of Chile became the focus of world-wide attention when it was discovered that thirty-three miners who had been trapped a half mile underground by an explosion, were alive. This event and the success of the effort to rescue them caused the word “hero” to be tossed around indiscriminately and I would like to consider the various heroes and heroines involved in this amazing rescue.

Heroes to consider:

-the miners, who stayed strong emotionally, physically and mentally and who helped with their own rescue.

-the world mining community who joined with their cohorts in Brazil to bring together all the knowledge, skill and equipment possible and who worked as an international team to pull it off.

-perhaps even the newsmen and women, who left homes and families to go to Brazil to show and tell the world what was happening.

-certainly the families of the men who never gave up hope and who prayed for their safety.

-But also, the prayer warriors around the world who did not know any of the men or their families, but who, nevertheless, prayed consistently through the many weeks of the rescue effort. They were the unsung heroes and heroines—faithful persons of great faith, from a multitude of church groups and even different religions, who prayed for the miners, their families, the rescuers and all those involved.

But mostly, praise be to God, the greatest Hero of all. Who is present wherever we find ourselves and who is always available when we open our hearts to Him.

I'm Rick Blumenberg . . .and that's My View from Tanner Creek.

1 comment:

Rick Blumenberg said...

How many of you noticed that in my original post I moved the mining accident from Chile to Brazil? Thanks to friend and reader Joy Janke for bringing it to my attention. I have absolutely no excuse for my mistake.