7 years ago: Broken news and ‘miracles’

From this blog on Jan. 4, 2006: Broken news and ‘miracles’

Then we watched as the families’ joy turned into grief and their hope turned into despair. Their joy had been infused with theological meaning and gratitude for a miraculous answer to prayer. When it turned out there had been no miracle (or, in Gov. Manchin’s words, 11 fewer miracles), their grief was likewise infused with theological meaning.

“We’re Christian people ourselves,” one grief-stricken family member said. “We have got — some of us is right down to saying that we don’t even know if there is a Lord anymore. We had a miracle, and it was taken away from us.”

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  • reynard61

    The Media giveth and the Lord taketh away…

    Sorry, but when I hear the word “miracle” being thrown around the way it was during the coverage of that particular disaster (and, in fact, a lot of other disasters), I can’t help but remind myself that too many so-called “miracles” are more the result of resourcefulness on the part of a particular survivor or group of survivors, and/or a willingness to take huge risks and/or endure great physical hardship and/or pain in order to survive, and/or good professional training, and/or simple blind luck than divine intervention. “Miracle” reeks too much of “magic” for my tastes and gives too little credit to the survivors for their own efforts.

  • There is a phrase that’s often used: “God helps those who help themselves”. It still sounds a bit problematic, but I like the part of the phrase that stresses that it’s a person’s own efforts and luck that often make or break a dire situation.