Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The miracle of tragedy

I was watching the Today show this morning, and there was a story about a young model who walked into the moving propeller of a small plane. Apparently it was dark, and obviously it was an accident, though you have to wonder how one unknowingly does that. She sustained some pretty serious injuries although it appears that she's going to survive. Ann Curry was interviewing the girl's parents and asked "Since it would have been so easy for this accident to have been fatal, do you consider this a miracle?" Of course I laughed because yes, I would totally consider it a miracle for my beautiful young daughter to lose a hand and an eye in a freak accident.

Then I wondered if it's standard practice to find out the beliefs of someone when preparing for an interview like this. If I were the type to go on news shows to discuss personal tragedies (I'm not), it would be beyond offensive to be asked a question like this. The parents answered in the affirmative, and added that their daughter follows Jesus Christ and all that. And then naturally credited the power of prayer with the progress she's made so far (doctors may as well be replaced with monkeys).

This lengthy response on the parent's part does lead me to believe that Ann knew that was a safe question to ask, but boy, it'd be kind of fun to watch an atheist respond to a question like that.

1 comment:

  1. I think you nailed it with "Yeah, being disfigured is a total miracle" bit.