My mother-in-law arrived in England from South Carolina today, so I was watching news of planes more than normal. Of course, my heart skipped a beat to hear that a plane crashed in the US today. As one would expect when one has a relative flying, it turned to relief when I heard that it was a smaller commuter plane and not the transatlantic one that would likely be carrying Kay.
As I watched the reports and read the news stories, I couldn’t help but think that only a few weeks ago we were talking about the ‘miracle’ of the plane landing in the Hudson River and no lives were lost. Today (or last night) the miracle did not happen and all the lives on the plane were lost.
I don’t know what to make of this.
I just couldn’t help making the connections in my head.
I remember something that Bishop Wright pointed out at our class a little over a month ago. He noted that the church in Acts was surely praying for James (the brother of John) just as much as they had Peter. Whilst Peter escaped with the help of an angel, James died by the sword (Acts 12.1-18). Bishop Wright had not explanation for that, either.
Perhaps there is little we can say. We offer thanks to God for the lives saved on the Hudson River, whilst holding in our hearts those who died in Buffalo and reach out to their families.
I would be interested to hear any other thoughts on this.