Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rescued

Like most of America, I've been following the cave rescue in Thailand. Studying the maps and diagrams, it really is miraculous that they found these kids to begin with, but they did. I wondered why a coach would have led them 2 1/2 miles into a cave, the passage so narrow at times that they had to squeeze through to continue. Then the rain came and the passages began to flood and they were trapped. 

But the boys were found. Keeping morale up, letters were taken out of the cave to parents, and parents wrote letters which were ferried back in to their boys. Something that touched my heart was the coach's apology to the parents, begging their forgiveness for putting their sons' lives in danger. I was touched again, when the parents' wrote back to the coach. "We forgive you!" "We do not blame you." "We are grateful that you are with our son, because you can help them stay calm." The answers came one right after another, and they were all forgiving and kind. 

I know a woman who is always angry about something. Really. She's always complaining. Something always disgusts her. She's always got to vent her spleen about it. Today, studying her phone, she exclaimed, "Oh! They got all the boys out!" 

I quietly rejoiced. 

But as is her custom, she immediately began to complain about the coach and his poor decisions that led to this catastrophe, and what should happen to him, and on and on she went, her disgust increasing the more she talked. 

Forgiveness. 

It makes me happy to know that there are places where it can still be found, and abundantly, too. Because I have to tell you it is something that seems to be in pretty short supply in my country.

2 comments:

Kelly said...

I was so relieved that they all got out safely. The way they were talking a few days ago, I figured it would take a miracle... and maybe that's what it was. Thank God.

Bob said...

I have wondered, if I were a parent of one of those boys, how I might have reacted toward the coach. If this had happened in the U.S., bloodthirsty lawyers would have already been in touch with the parents and families, telling a tale of justice and the compensation they “deserve.” I don’t know anything about Thailand’s legal system, but I have to believe there will be lawsuits coming out of this.