Christ amid the rubble

A horrible tragedy struck Bangladesh recently. A garment factory, badly in need of implementing a whole range of safety measures, collapsed. More than a thousand individuals, mostly workers, were lost in the calamity. A factory owner, unwilling to shoulder the expense of taking safety-enhancing steps, may face murder charges.

In the middle of that devastation, and an amazing 17 days after the collapse, a factory worker was discovered alive in the rubble. At this writing she appears to be doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

Of course, one drop of hope does not outmatch the storm of grief now raining down on those who lost loved ones. Coping with life’s most devastating moments almost never means applying a one-size-fits-all remedy. This survivor’s story is worth considering, though. Could it remind one that wreckage and ruin don’t have the last word? Does a single note of harmony hint at an entire symphony of healing?

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