W. Virginia tragedy

 

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – “Rescue crews began working their way by rail car and on foot through a coal mine early Thursday in search of four miners missing since a blast killed 25 colleagues in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades.”

     

Words cannot express the pain family members must feel after West Virginia’s tragic mine explosion. Sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, co-workers all died when mine walls eradicated precious lives. As I listened to a live interview on “Today Show,” a grieving father told good things about his young son who will be sorely missed. The father could not hold back the tears, and neither could I.

Townspeople rally around for support awaiting the fate of the missing four miners. Strangers pray for those grieving family members left behind after the blast. Words are not adequate in situations such as this. Just know that many do care and are praying for comfort in your deep, dark despair. There is hope in the middle of intense pain and suffering. Hope found in God’s written word in Thessalonians, chapter 4:

“We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him…For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

Here’s how The Message states it, “Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master. Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master.”

Jesus died and rose again and because he did, his followers who believe will be reunited again with our loved ones who died before us, “And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

The mining explosion need not be the end of life as we know it. Yes, life is sometimes sad and feels unfair. It’s normal and healthy to grieve for a time. John 3:16 gives us comfort and reassurance of an after life, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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