God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
This weekend we saw the Costa Concordia cruise ship tragedy unfold. The photos of this magnificent ship sitting on its side are surreal. How could this happen?
I saw an interview with a man who appeared to be just a little older than myself. Calmly he told the reporter that he and his wife determined that they had to jump into the waters and swim ashore. Can you imagine? Jumping into the cold dark water from some unknown height? Amazing! What faith! I can imagine the fear that the other would not make it ashore. The love for each other that would help them make it. And the strength of the Lord carrying them to safety.
My prayer this evening is that the survivors are drawn closer to the Lord, that they rely on His strength and for healing for their physical and emotional wounds. I also pray the authorities determine how this happened in order to prevent a future disaster such as this.