Thursday, August 02, 2007

You Wonder What This Means

This happened a couple of weeks ago, but I just noticed the story:
(CBS) HIALEAH A man making a trip from Puerto Rico to South Florida to raise money for his religious education remains hospitalized Monday after he was struck down by a bolt of lightning which flew from clear blue sky on Sunday. He was selling religious materials when he was hit.

Hailu Kidane Marian was working with members of his religious group, selling religious materials door-to-door in a Northwest Miami-Dade neighborhood, when the bolt from the blue struck him down.

"I heard a boom, and I looked and the guy jumped back, and he just laid there, stiff," said witness Maria Martinez.

Paramedics say Marian was not breathing and his heart was not beating when they arrived, but they were able to revive him and rushed him to Jackson Memorial hospital, where he was in critical condition Sunday night. Religious Book Seller Struck By Lightning

It's strange that they don't say what religion he was. With a name like "Hailu Kidane Marian" he could be anything.

The UK's Times Online says:
Hailu Kidane Marian was selling the texts to raise cash for his Christian community.

I don't know how they'd know, but ... there it is.
Members of his religious group waited outside the hospital throughout the night for word of his condition.

"He's unconscious, he's in a coma," said Francisco Perez, leader of the Puerto Rico-based group. "It's difficult what happened, you know, but what can we do? Things happen in life, but we still believe in God."

Well, I wouldn't think one little guy being struck down by lightning on a sunny day would shake your faith any, no. "Things happen in life."

I don't know how you figure this. These are religious people, so I suppose they believe that God created the lightning. You would think there was some universal rule of justice at work here, or does God work randomly? (Einstein swore not.) I don't know how you rationalize something like this. How do you say "The Lord works in mysterious ways," and then call this an accident?

You know, this just happened to somebody else, too. I remember hearing about this one:
This is the second incident in as many months of someone being struck down by lightning from a clear sky in South Florida.

Last month David Canales, a gardener who worked in the Pinecrest area, was killed when lightning apparently struck him from a rainless sky. Two co-workers standing nearby were unhurt.

CBS Miami Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli said 'dry lightning', which can strike even when the sky is clear, can be very dangerous because victims are not expecting it and don't prepare as they might with a storm threatening.

Measurement of lightning strikes in the area Sunday showed only a few bolts compared to the last few days, making Marian especially unlucky to be struck by one of them.

Nobody else was injured when the bolt flew from the sky.

Yes. I think we'd agree, he was especially unlucky.

I see an updated news story that says the poor guy has died. So, was it an act of God?


Blogger Robert said...

Reminds me of all those hurricanes hitting the Exodus headquarters.

Then again, a GLSEN conference was cancelled because of terrorist attacks.

When both football teams pray, which one does God bet on?


August 02, 2007 1:47 PM  

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