Perhaps it’s because we have such a history of mining here in South Wales, which has brought so much tragedy, that we find the pictures coming out of Chile so touching. On the other hand it’s a human story and probably touches everyone.
Seeing the pictures today of the miners returning the surface after being trapped miles underground for 69 days was very moving. Many of them fell to their knees and prayed; at least one came out clutching a small bible. As Paul writes “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” and as James puts it “Every good and perfect gift is from above” (no pun intended) so let’s give thanks for the rescue and pray for those still underground.
It’s great to see this morning that all of the miners have been rescued. I’ve also read online that at least one of them, Jose Henriquez, in an evangelical Christian and that all of the miners rescued were wearing T shirts supplied by his brother who is also a Christian. On the front were the words “Thank you Lord” and on the back “To him be glory and honour” and the words of Psalm 95:4 “In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.”
I think prayers of thanks would be a good idea at this point!