Conversion Can’t Wait
“… the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
It was a devastating winter in the Appalachian coal fields that year back in 2006. On the day after New Year’s, an explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia led to the deaths of 12 miners by carbon monoxide poisoning. Rescue crews desperately tried to reach the twelve in time, but to no avail — the twelve coal miners were found dead late the following day.
As he huddled with his 11 fellow miners trying to find shelter from the poisonous carbon monoxide filled air, Martin Toler took out an insurance form he had stuffed in his pocket and a pencil. In faint sentences, he managed to scribble out a goodbye to his family, assuring them that he and the others died peacefully.
The note read: “Tell all I’ll see them on the other side. It wasn’t bad, I just went to sleep. I love you.”
Other notes were found. The messages assured their families that they had not suffered, that they had just gone to sleep. On any scrap of paper they had with them, the miners scratched out their farewells and last “I love you’s. “
Today, we hear Jesus beginning His pubic ministry and preaching from St. Mark’s Gospel. Continue reading