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Psalm 103:1,4 – Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. (NIV)
As I write this, the whole world is watching a miracle. The Chilean miners, who have been trapped underground for 69 days, are beginning to surface, and our whole planet is rejoicing. It's a remarkable feat and a wonderful testimony of human determination. The engineers who constructed the escape vehicle, with help from NASA, should be given a Nobel prize for their accomplishments.
I watched, on live television, the first miner come out of the pit. It was deeply touching to see his wife and young son embrace him. They have held out hope for so long, and for once, it was wonderful to see a real happy ending to what could have been a terrible tragedy. I'm sure that many people across that mining community, throughout Chile, and around the world are giving thanks to God in their churches today.
The whole event reminded me of the individual faith journey that we must all go through when we each personally experience death. Jesus has secured for His followers an escape from oblivion so that our souls can emerge from the pit of the grave and be reunited with all of our loved ones who are also believers. Just as the gathered crowd around the first rescued miner sang, clapped, and rejoiced as he resurfaced, so there will be great joy in heaven as each one of us joins God's people in His eternal kingdom. And just like the miner who enthusiastically embraced the Chilean President for never giving up on them, we will also run to Jesus to give Him our personal thanks for saving us for all eternity.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for saving us from death and for the gift of eternal life. We could never have achieved this for ourselves, and we look forward to the sacred moment when we will be able to embrace You in heaven. Thank You also for the saving of the Chilean miners and for supporting their families throughout this critical time. May they be truly blessed as they are reunited with all their loved ones. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.