What is wrong with the world at the moment? Seriously.
I really feel for the families of the Pike River Coal Miners. Who wouldn’t? Those poor bastards didn’t know what hit them (well at least that’s what we hope). And their families certainly weren’t expecting anything untoward. But you wouldn’t, would you? Just another day at the office, you know?
And this doesn’t just effect the immediate families of those 29 men, but also those supporting them too. The parents, grandparents, children, siblings, cousins, aunties and uncles, friends, co-workers etc. Not to mention the Pike River staff, their advisers, and the rescue crews that never got a chance to help. An endless list of broken people. Just devastating. I admit to shedding a tear or two last night for all of them.
It’s been a bad few months for those I work with… Last week a co-worker suddenly lost his wife in a tragic car accident. Only 59, she was simply too young to die. She was a loving and attentive wife, mother and grandmother. She had already made her Christmas Cake, and was part way through sewing Christmas Stockings for her grandsons. And now, she’s not here anymore. Just like that. How do you cope with the sudden loss of a soul mate? I guess you just do. You’d have to. Because unfortunately life goes on, doesn’t it?
And only a few months before that, another co-worker had to cut an overseas trip short because his niece was also killed in a car accident. She was only 11. She never got the chance to grow up. All those things she and her family have missed out on together. So, I want to know, what IS wrong with the world? Really?
Sometimes, when things like this happen, people find strength in their faith. I’m not one of those people. Yes, I was christened as a child, and our family attended church on Sundays when I was younger. And yes, I own a bible, although it’s packed away in a box in my wardrobe. You see, when things like this happen, I struggle to believe in that higher being. If there is a God, how could He intend this to happen? What possible lesson can be learned from breaking the hearts of so many? How is this ‘right’? I don’t begrudge those who can find solace in prayer. I guess in a way I am envious that they have that never-ending belief and trust in Him. Their prayers can bring them comfort. If I’m being totally honest, I just don’t understand.
So, for now, my thoughts are with those whose hearts are aching. I hope they get their boys back.