He didn't resort to the socially-correct construct of letting people make their own decisions, no matter how unwise or deadly they may be; he insisted she was wrong about her condition and pressed in when she would have him abandon her to her fate. He held on to her, relying on strength and compassion and human warmth and moral conviction. (Scroll down or click Read more.)
Here in Pittsburgh, it's not unusual to read a story about a save -- they're regularly in the sports section during the months of October through June when the Penguins play hockey. But yesterday (June 28) a sports-connected story appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (by Stephen J. Nesbitt and Steph Chambers) about a whole other kind of save.
"[John Trumpane, who happens to be an MLB umpire,] walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a woman climb over a railing and look toward the Allegheny River below."
Read the detailed account Trumpane gave the P-G here, but in brief: he held on to her as he talked to her, countered her claims that no one cared about her, even endured her struggle to break free while he waited for emergency responders to arrive, and then asked her name, prayed for her and ensured her as they prepared to take her for medical care that he would never forget her.
It was more than just the physical intervention, and more than just standing back calling out wise advice. Neither would have been sufficient actions on their own. Trumpane's rescue involved a regard for her as a person, asking the woman about her intentions, engaging her in conversation, connecting with her. He didn't resort to the socially-correct construct of letting people make their own decisions, no matter how unwise or deadly they may be; he insisted she was wrong about her condition and pressed in when she would have him abandon her to her fate. He held on to her, relying on strength and compassion and human warmth and moral conviction.
My two reactions to this:
1. What a story of loyalty to life and strength to see it through!
2. What if we Christians were as dedicated to evangelistic soul-rescue, intersecting sinners at the very threshold of spiritual death?
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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