I thank you, Lord, with all my heart…
I praise your name for your fidelity and love.
When I cried out, you answered…
You stretch out your hand; your right hand saves me.
Taken from Psalm 138:1,2,3,7

With most of America – and the world – I watched as the Chilean miners were recovered from the mine, one by one, each life precious and worth rejoicing. The Psalm above is fitting for the occasion, thinking how so many of the miners have made a point to thank God, even the President of Chile, making the Sign of the Cross.

We can learn much from our Chilean friends in the days to come. Their displays of gratitude, generosity and signs of brotherhood. As the miners continue to be rescued, let us offer our thanksgiving to God, for showing us the strength of human beings when they find their brother in need.

Fantastic coverage of the rescue efforts is given by Michelle Malkin.

Light-hearted story about the second rescued miner bearing Rocks as gifts is retold by The Anchoress.

A story of the Miner’s Faith speaks volumes too, and is worth keeping in mind the next time we find ourselves in an impossible situation:

“There are actually 34 of us,” the nineteen-year-old miner wrote in a letter sent up from the mine, “because God has never left us down here.”

Psalm 138 concludes with the same sentiment of this miner:

“The Lord is with me to the end.
Lord, your love endures forever.”

 

UPDATE:  This morning, Pope Benedict XVI prayed specifically for the miners in thanksgiving for the rescue underway:

The beauty that is flowering  up from the earth with each miner is the outpouring of prayer. A facebook friend, Diana Carmina, put it this way:

“This event will show the world that when humans join efforts with God as the head, everything turns in to life. God’s miracle is being seen in the rescue of these miners, and the greatest miracle is seing how many hearts are being moved to pray together for their safety. May God bring all them out to bear witness of the unbelievable love God has for each one of us.”

Amen!

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