Like so many around the world, I was inspired as I followed the recent events in Thailand as thousands of people were all committed to rescuing the young boys and their coach who were trapped deep inside a flooded cave system. The courage of those boys (some as young as 11 years old) as they patiently waited in the cave to be rescued was outstanding. Then, as we learned of the commitment of the divers who faced the very real possibility of sacrificing their own lives to rescue people they had never met, we were filled with a genuine sense of awe.
On Monday, as I watched Four Corners, I was inspired by those who within an hour of getting the call to come to Thailand were at the airport. The army of volunteers who supplied food and other necessities for those involved, and the farmers whose crops were flooded by the water pumped from the cave but whose only concern was that the boys come out alive, were all wonderful examples of love and compassion. What a good news story that was. It showed that what was considered impossible becomes possible when people bring their gifts, abilities and commitment in a beautiful expression of unity and humility.
The joy on the faces of the divers, the parents and the boys was priceless. For two weeks in Thailand the very best of humanity was on display. How we need more of what we have seen in Thailand. How differently our world would be and how much fulfilled we would all be if love, compassion and sacrifice were the hallmarks of our global community.
God’s love and grace,
Senior School Chaplain