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How Disasters Warm Our Hearts

I am mesmerized by the Chilean miner rescue effort. I can’t stop watching it. Thank god for live streaming.

I am usually so into these stories. I have always consider myself a certified “disaster junkie,” even before my Red Cross days. I can sit in front of the TV for hours listening to coverage reports on natural disasters, shootings, anything that truly makes an impact on human lives.

My husband was actually the one who followed this story. Surprisingly, I didn’t know much of it. I read about it in the paper and caught a glimpse here and there on the news, but not like I normally know about stories like this. Maybe it wasn’t covered as much as other incidents, or maybe I just didn’t pay enough attention.

However, on Tuesday night, when the rescue efforts began, my television didn’t move passed CNN. I was glued in all night in hopes of seeing the first miner successfully rescued.

Thankfully, that moment happened just around 11 p.m. It was amazing. I didn’t know these people, they didn’t know me. Their existence didn’t affect me in the least, but I was crying and joyful and embracing the fact that this man, and the 32 remaining behind him, would soon be able to rejoin the lives they once had, hopefully in a better state than before.

Watching the coverage reminded me of when “Baby Jessica” was rescued from a well more than 20 years ago. She was the little girl who fell down the black hole in her backyard while her mother went to answer the phone. The whole world watched the efforts of rescuers try to save this one little girl. Now, a nation so far away, has once again captivated the eyes and hearts of people around the world.

I’m sure there are already book deals in the works and movies waiting to be made about the amazing rescue taking place as this piece is written. But for now, before all the salaciousness sets in and we go back to watching garbage reality TV and nasty political debates, let us enjoy the moment of a miracle happening right before our eyes. Let’s rejoice for the families that are reuniting with loved ones and pray for those that are still making their way up the shaft.

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