Thursday, January 13, 2005

"It's hard to believe in God when a baby gets buried"
--Laura Ramirez, sister-in-law of Jimmie Wallet who lost his wife and 3 daughters in mudslide

Jimmie Wallet lost everything in the mudslide. He had gone out to get ice cream, and when he came back he found the house covered in the mudslide and collapsed, his wife and three daughters inside.

Yesterday rescuers found their lifeless bodies, confirming what he had been distraught about for 36 hours. He was so frantic that police had to restrain him from attempting to dig in the rubble, fearing he would get hurt. Told by rescuers he may get hurt, he responded, "I don't care if I die."

"It's hard to believe in God when a baby gets buried," said Jimmie Wallet's sister-in-law, Laura Ramirez. She said the family is Roman Catholic.

Search ends in grief


At 11:15 AM, Blogger David U said...

Laura's statement will resonate with a LOT of people.
If I said tragedies like this didn't shake my faith, I would be lying. But in the end, I always come back to Him.....trusting in Him, believing in Him.

I hope somebody of faith that has contact with Laura will try to comfort and love her.

Thanks Greg!

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Josh.Graves said...

I'm often reminded that people reject faith (theism) for good reason. Contrary to the poplular notion that those who reject faith are people who are either ignorant or evil--many have experienced utter depravity, church abuse, depression, grief, rejection and abandonment.

When Christians, for instance, say God is "our Father" half of our audience sees an aloof, vindictive, and self-centered Creator. The power of Jesus' life comes alive for me in these moments of tragedy and doubt. He did not rid the world of evil and suffering, as I wish he would have. Instead we transforms the primary notion of suffering by in participation with us. By participating, he reminds us that the Kindom is on its way, breaking through our dark night ever so slowly.

Ultimately, his life reminds us that the grave is the only appropriate place for ressurection.

Thanks for sharing the story with us Greg.


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