In Chile, inspiration rises from a half mile down into the earth!

I’ve been watching the Chilean mine rescue like about a billion other people on earth…the 2nd gentleman to emerge put tears in my eyes.

As Allahpundit put it, it has been  The. Television. Event. of. a. Lifetime.

Mario Sepulveda was hoisted up from the depths of the earth.  He emerged to hug his wife…and he came up with a gift bag!  He handed out rocks to the rescuers and the President of Chile.  Then he fist-pumped his way over to the crowd and began a patriotic chant for Chile.

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The Anchoress best portrays the scene as Sepulveda emerges

And then, after a brief wait, the second miner emerges from the rescue capsule with great joy; he embraces his wife and then opens a bag to retrieve…gifts.

For others.

In the midst of all of this drama, all of the lights and excitement and concern, and at a moment when a man could reasonably be excused for thinking only of himself, Mario Sepulveda Espinace thought about others, and he brought them gifts.

Rocks? Rocks containing gold? It doesn’t matter. Mario Sepulveda Espinace crested the top of a hole from which he thought he might never escape, and his first instinct was to give. That’s a thing worth writing about, and thinking about and praying about. I wish I had a picture of that moment! How huge and resilient is the human spirit?

We were already witnessing something jaw-dropping and near-miraculous. And a man arose bearing gifts, and it got even better, for everyone in the world who was paying attention.

What an inspiration to watch these men who’ve literally been through a hell we can’t imagine….They have clearly inspired the world…but from where did they draw their inspiration?

Strong Faith.

From Christianity Today via Michelle Malkin:

The men have worked hard to keep their spirits buoyant during the ordeal, organizing themselves into a community and dividing up their living-room-sized space. Early on, they set aside a space to pray daily, and religious groups have converged on the mine to serve the miner’s spiritual needs. Once a supply line was established, Seventh-Day Adventists sent down mini-Bibles with magnifying glasses; the Jesus Film Project loaded 33 MP3 players with an audio adaptation of the famous JESUS film. A crucifix was sent down in August, and it’s said that miners also requested statues of Mary and the saints. The miners signed a flag which was presented to Pope Benedict this weekend.

And this from one of the 33 miners, a nineteen year-old:

“There are actually 34 of us…..because God has never left us down here.”


Again, from The Anchoress:

This is a story that only real-life could tell, and if we’re really listening, we can learn a lot from it about how wrong we’re getting things up here above – in our values, our cynicism, our lowered expectations about everyone around us and everything. Lots to think about.


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