Monday, July 09, 2007

Headlines: We're on a mission from God

I'm not the superstitious type. When I see something coincidental, it usually attribute it to coincidence.

For example, when you put on your jacket during the first crisp fall morning and find a $20 bill that you'd left in it last spring, that's just a happy coincidence. Not a sign from the universe that you should go buy $20 in lottery tickets.

But there are some coincidences that seem to defy rationalization. Take for example this story about a religion student who was selling religious material in South Florida.

This cat was going door-to-door selling books, pamphlets, stone tablets, "I Luv Pope Ben" T-Shirts, you know, the typical proselytizing fare. Well according to my inside sources, he tripped on an exposed tree-root in someone's yard and exclaimed "God DAMMIT!!" without thinking.

Big mistake my friend.
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.
It seems that The Almighty has taken a special interest in Florida. I suspect it's because there are so many people there who are so close to shuffling off their mortal coil extremely mature. Anyway, I think The Lord Our God is giving them a bit of a helping hand since
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.

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  1. I agree. It's probably a comment on the propriety of hairy, fat, 50+ year year old investment bankers from New York wearing those Speedo Banana Hammocks(TM) on South Beach instead of pulling some Khaki shorts up to their nipples and wearing black socks with sandals like they should.

    For goodness sakes, don't they know they're supposed to leave the Speedo attire to people who can carry it off with the babes; people like, oh say, 40 something lawyers from Eastern Missouri?


  2. While I highly doubt the course of events pertaining to the missionary's story are as you relayed them (I know the guy), this may have been more than simply a mistake. Considering he was here on a mission, the scope of his target audience has been expanded. Whatever the outcome, God may be using his testimony as a wake up call as opposed to a severe scolding. As the cliche goes, "God works in mysterious ways."


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