Friday, August 03, 2007

The Bridge Collapse

It is virtually impossible to avoid reading or hearing about the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis on Wednesday during rush hour. It is also impossible to not be emotionally affected by the extent of the damage and the number of people involved.

The Engebretsen family, Ronald, Jessica and Ann, have been interviewed several times. First, they were hopeful that wife and mother Sherry was rescued but unidentified, perhaps a “Jane Doe” in a hospital. Later, Ronald’s composure began to break as he talked about his missing wife. Hope was fading, but the family struggled to remain hopeful. Today, that hope is gone. Sherry is among the confirmed dead. You know that family is suffering. So are all the others who have either been notified their loved ones have died or are still waiting to hear the worst.

Individuals and churches across the nation are praying for those involved as well as their families. Whenever a disaster occurs, questions inevitable arises, such as, where was God and why did he allow this to happen?

John Piper of Desiring God wrote a touching story titled (click on link to read it) “Putting My Daughter to Bed Two Hours After the Bridge Collapsed; What Do Tragedies Like This Mean for Us?”

He has also posted a video with footage from the scene. The audio is from the messages “Where is God.” The video can be found on Desiring God or on YouTube.

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