What happened on April 15, 2014 in South Korea has been going viral ever since, and to some of you, this may be a nuisance for something so tragic to keep reappearing on your Facebook newsfeed, but bear with me.
I’m not sure if it’s a mere coincidence that the sinking of the Titanic happened on the exact same day 102 years ago, but that is eerily uncanny and rather superstitious. For the past few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about what happened, which is strange because I rarely adhere that much attention to tragic news stories. Except this one hit home. As a Korean American, I felt I had to give my condolences to the survivors, families/friends, rescuers, the ones who risked their lives, and the ones are who are still missing. How can something like this happen?! Something so tragic that it’ll reign historic and memorial forever. Something so tragic that robbed the lives of people so young, so hopeful, and so optimistic about future aspirations. I can’t say enough about the gravity of the issue. Damn it, no one should die at the age of 16. No one should have to weigh the scale of life vs. death at the age of 20. And no one should have to mourn the lost of a loved one they’re still hoping will return.
Yes, life is not fair. Yes, things like this happen. But, such cliche sayings are only readily spoken when “things like this” don’t happen to us. So, for just a few moments, imagine it did. Even then, our emotions are incomparably mediocre to the emotions these families and friends are sensing right now. But this is the least we can do, pray. Pray because it matters. Pray because yes, “life is not fair.” Pray because someone needs you to. Pray because God is so incredibly faithful. Pray because maybe you don’t believe in them, but miracles do happen.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Rest in Peace.