The Trapped Miners and The Forgotten Ones

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"One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.

~Joseph Campbell

I don't cry easily...But warm tears trickled down from my eyes as I watched the Chilean miners being hoisted up in a capsule, one by one...It's still going on, as the 15th miner is due to be pulled up as I type...

I found myself praying for all of them. I couldn't imagine what they had to endure while enveloped in a great depth of nothing but hard earth and darkness. Trapped and uncertain of their safety. Longing for their loved ones, not knowing if they would ever see each other again.

One 19 year old miner, by the name of Jimmy Sanchez, found his hope and comfort from God as he wrote his message to his family:

"Hi Roxana, I'm very good. I'm not nervous yet. I believe that when my turn comes [to get up on the capsule] nerves will attack me badly. But now I'm happy and calm. I have been always this way. And yes, it's been since August 4th that I have not seen you. That was 2 months and some days ago. But for me, it's like it was yesterday that we got caught here. God wanted me to stay here, I don't know, maybe so I change from now on. I have thought and I have changed a lot. I have suffered too much and don't want to suffer anymore. In the hard moments I was thankful of God because I got a daughter. I expect that when my turn arrives, everything will be ok. Hugs for everyone."

The world cries for these trapped miners. Even more sympathy pours out for the families who are anxiously waiting, day by day, regarding the conditions of their loved ones deep down below. But to hear the crying turned into cheering, rescuers triumphant, and miners emerging from darkness into the light they had not seen in so long, was just too extraordinary to be described. It is "reality tv" at its best. Not edited. Live.

The memory of the crying child waiting for his father who was the 1st miner to come up was etched in my mind. As he broke into tears, of mixed emotions that no one would know what they were about. Of his own fears he had to face as his father did, too. Of the fear of permanent separation that haunted him night after night, as his father must have thought, too. But last night, I knew his sighing and tears were celebration of a new life. Of rebirth. Of the best joy in his life to see his father emerged from the capsule. The way his father must have felt, too.

We forget all of us are trapped, too. In a vast area of darkness for so long. This is reality, too. We are without hope. Without a chance for life. This world is a big prison we are all in together. We have nurtured the seeds of envy, bitterness, lust, lying, greed and other sins that have a good grip on our souls and spirits. Our children did the same, when our sins' consequences, also have an effect on them. But like those trapped miners, some of us discovered that living hope. That joy and a chance for eternal life. Through Jesus. He is the only One Who can pull any trapped sinner from the pit of darkness into light. Into His Light.

May you be found by our Savior Who longs to have a personal relationship with all of us...Because when you make this crucial decision of accepting Him into your heart, remember that your children get affected, too with all the decision you make.

"Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them;
he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing loveand his wonderful deeds for men." - Psalm 107:19-21


  1. I can't say much to this. So emotional. God bless.

  2. Their lives will never be the same as "Faith" has increased..Praise the Lord!

  3. Amazingly awesome post sis, thank you.

  4. I'm with you.....Their rescue is a miracle and so deeply touching!



  5. Oh Rosel....I do cry easily but watching these miners be rescued is just beyond normal tears....Seeing that little boy last night was heart wrenching! I cannot even imagine what these families and men have all been through!!No doubt God has done amazing things in each one!

    Your post is so precious. speaks straight to the Heart and from the Heart of God....just ONE of the many reasons I LOVE you !! Thank you Rosel for ALWAYS being open to what the Spirit is saying!

  6. Awesome post, Rosel! We are all in darkness until we find Jesus and the picture of the miners and their story speaks to that. The video statistics are so sad.

  7. Dearest Rosel,
    Words are not good enough to describe what I felt as I read your post. I was also up most of the night following the Chilean miners release from their subterranean dark sweltering prison.

    That letter from the 19 year old miner gripped my heart. In fact one of the fears of the rescuers was the possible panic attack of the miner on the rescue shaft - such a vulnerable, yet tender and gentle moment was each man's release from captivity.

    You have written with such an anointing dear Rosel. Your analogy with the prisons we all go through is so clear. People need the Lord!

    Jesus is the Anointed One who has come to open prison doors and set the captives free.

    The video you posted at the end - what more can anyone say? We all need to stop allowing the enemy to dissipate our time, resources, and efforts by using them for worthless endeavors...we do need to use our God given opportunities and pool our resources and efforts together to help break the cycle.

    Let's see what the Father is doing and join Him!

    Thank you for this post. My heart was deeply moved this morning. May it move me to action.


  8. I have been watching a few of them through out the day and evening coming up. This is truly an emotional time for many through out the world. Blessings.

  9. me too...watching and in awe of the whole thing..their bond to each other..their endurance to survive...their graciousness towards each other...the world cheering for them..their community praying....the whole thing totally amazing.

  10. Thanks for that post, my sweet friend. Thank God He sets the prisoners free. God bless you for working there and helping them. Hugs ~

  11. My mother lost her father and her older 17 year old brother in a mining accident in 1927 when she was a girl of 13. It haunts me today how they must have felt and the emotions my grandmother had losing her husband, the household provider and their youngest of two sons. My uncle Louie was in that mine that fateful day. He says he came up for a break and when the mine collapsed he heard the cries of his father and brother. I become very emotional when I hear of a mining accident. I am grateful God did safe the lives of so many. But we can never forget the ones who perish. God is always in control but some days it is so difficult to fathom. Thank you for your kindnesses and visiting me. My sweet son as strep and I hope he will be his old self soon. Hugs and Blessings Anne

  12. I wish I could have seen each man pulled up. I saw the one where the man said,"I met God and I met the Devil. God won." I hope there is a book written on each man's faith journey (one book).

    You are October's recipient of The Bread Basket Award. Your posts are such an inspiration and encouragement!

  13. Rosel,
    As I, too, watched that father come up out of that deep, dark hole and I saw the look on his son's face it told the whole story! I was crying then laughing and just felt the Lord's hand in all of this tragedy turned into victory! God is so good - all the time.


  14. This is a picture of what God has done for us all. Thank you.


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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

[Source: NLT Bible ]:

We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].