Yesterday’s events hit close to home with our family. At 7:00 pm my Grandma called and told us to turn on the TV and ask if we had heard from my sister, Megan. We didn’t know what to expect. See Megan, my amazing 24 year old sister, lives and works in the Twin Cities. So after we flipped to CNN we began the traumatizing work of trying to get a hold of her. The cell lines were jammed, so we finally sent a text message and got through. She and everyone she knew was fine, BUT that doesn’t make it okay for the others still waiting. Piper has a blog entry that hits home! Here is a piece that moved me, please read the whole of it – Putting My Daughter to Bed Two Hours After the Bridge Collapsed.
The meaning of the collapse of this bridge is that John Piper is a sinner and should repent or forfeit his life forever. That means I should turn from the silly preoccupations of my life and focus my mindâ€™s attention and my heartâ€™s affection on God and embrace Jesus Christ as my only hope for the forgiveness of my sins and for the hope of eternal life. That is Godâ€™s message in the collapse of this bridge. That is his most merciful message: there is still time to turn from sin and unbelief and destruction for those of us who live. If we could see the eternal calamity from which he is offering escape we would hear this as the most precious message in the world.
May the Twin Cities and each of us turn to Him. Here is a video the guys over at DGM put together with the audio of a portion of a Piper talk about suffering over the images from yesterday. My heart and prayers go out to each of those involved in this tragedy.