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Weekly Inspiration Thoughts about the crash off Peggy's Cove



Morgan D. Lalonde
Lighthouse staff

 When I woke up to the news of the airline crash, immediately I prayed that there would be survivors. It seemed incredulous that such an event could happen in our area. I am sure that I heard a loud noise sounding like thunder that continued for a time the night of the event, but it is hard to say.

 Sadly, as the day went on, we learned that there wouldn't be any survivors. As newscasts described the horrendous scene of the crash, I thought of the lives that the shoes, papers and other floating debris once represented, and wept. This could have easily been one of my friends, one of my relatives, or someone else I knew that had flown, and sadly not survived.

 As from any event in life, there are things that we can keep in mind. One is the thought of death. We will all face this enemy, whether in a friend's life, a grandparent or parent, or even a sibling or one day our own life (unless the rapture comes for believers). We ought to be prepared. Romans 6:23 says "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world (mankind) that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever (you or I) believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." Isn't it a comfort when we know our eternal destination.

 A second thought is the rescue operation. Just think of the efforts, caring men and women are dedicating, in search of the wreckage, victims and the black boxes. I wonder how much effort we give, (those who are true belivers), to the men and women who are without Christ? It reminds me of a hymn called Throw Out The Life Line by Edwin S. Ufford - "Throw out the life line across the dark wave, there is a brother whom someone should save, haste then my brother oh hasten today, out with the lifeboats away then away."

 And thirdly, the hospitality and caring that folks have shown in their efforts, opening homes and doing tasks great and small. Men and women should know that somebody cares about them. God cares, and so should we.

 Our prayers, sympathy and empathy goes out to the victims' families, loved ones and friends.


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