Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Death of Grace?

One day after an F-18 Hornet fighter jet fell from the sky and crashed into his house, 37 year old husband and father Dong Yun Yoon returned home and reminded us that grace isn't dead. Rescue workers sifting through the debris had found the bodies of his Yoon's wife, Young Mi, 37; his nearly 2-month-old daughter, Rachel [in pic on right]; and mother-in-law, Suk Im Kim, 60 on Monday. The body of his 15-month-old daughter, Grace [in pic on left] was recovered Tuesday.

Though little was left of his house except a charred garage wall and piles of blackened beams, Yoon said he bore no ill will toward the Marine Corps pilot who ejected safely before the jet he was flying on a training mission experienced engine failure and plunged into Yoon's neighborhood two miles west of the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. "I pray for him not to suffer for this action," Yoon said. "I know he's one of our treasures for our country."

How a grieving father speaking to a mob of reporters could say anything coherent much less do so sharing words of forgiveness and encouragement remind us that though his family died, grace didn’t. The Advent Birth of the Christ child is obviously alive and well in this young father's heart. Proving that even amidst unspeakable tragedy, Jesus can grow in yours as well. Grace is not dead. Click pic above for more from the LA Times article I read and the triangular play button below to hear Yoon in his own words.

1 comment:

Arden said...

Thanks Mike.

This is one of the most compelling and raw examples of grace I have ever heard. Especially, when it happened so close to the tragic loss of his family.

Psychologists tell us that under stress, we revert to our core...and clearly, Yoon's authentic reaction to his horrific tragedy is a powerful example that grace is his core.

Since this is about living forgiveness and grace, especially under the most devastating tragedies, other inspiring examples of authentic grace were the raw reactions of the Amish parents in Lancaster, PA, who forgave the man who murdered their children.

These are deeply touching examples of living grace-filled lives for all of us to emulate. Thanks for sharing.