Quote of the week:
‘Dear Liliana, I’m well, thank God. I hope to get out soon. Have patience and faith. I haven’t stopped thinking about all of you for a single moment. I want to tell everyone that I’m good and we’ll surely come out okay. God is great and the help of my God is going to make it possible to leave this mine alive.’ Mario Gomez, 63.
Mario communicated these thoughts 17 days after being trapped 700 metres underground in a small room with 32 other men, knowing it would be weeks or months before rescuers would reach them. These are beliefs not lightly held…
The reality of God and the value of faith is often discussed in theoretical terms, as if life and death are not involved. But not for Mario and his friends. Seventeen days is plenty of time for an unreal pretense to have been stripped away. And yet faith in God has surfaced loud and clear.
Interestingly, Mario’s daughter made the following comments after hearing of the note from her father:
‘No-one will be able to take this happiness away from me… I’ve never felt anything like this in my life. It’s like being born again.’
Faith tends to have that result, whenever you encounter it… even for you, today.
- Long wait ahead for Chile miners (bbc.co.uk)