When All Is Lost

Just as I posted about forgiveness yesterday, here is a news report about a grief-stricken father.

Meet Dong Yun Yoon. He is a shop manager in San Diego, California. A fighter jet fell from the sky and crashed into his house. This is the scene of devastation where his home once stood. He had just moved in weeks ago. He lost three generations of his family – his wife, his mother-in-law and his two baby girls.Amazingly, as he spoke, standing a short distance from the charred remains of the house, he said: “I pray for him not to suffer for this action.” Further, “I don’t have any hard feelings, I know he did all he could”

He added that he believed “my wife and two babies and mother-in-law are in heaven with God”.

As he fought back the tears, the forgiveness he extended from such a big heart did not remove the pain of his loss.

He stood, surrounded by his pastor, sister, brother and church members. ‘I don’t know what to do,’ begging for advice on how to cope after losing his loved ones. “Please tell me how to do it,” he said. “I don’t know what to do.”
Rescue workers sifting through the wreckage after the crash discovered the bodies of Mr Yoon’s 37-year-old wife, Young Mi, her mother, Suk Im Kim, 60, and his two-month-old daughter, Rachel. They found his two year old Grace later.
The young pilot pilot parachuted at the last minute, saying that he had stayed with the plane as long as he could. He landed a short distance from his broken, blazing F-18 jet which plowed into the neighbourhood. The plane had smashed through the Yoons’ living room before exploding into a fireball, destroying three other houses. The pilot’s was reported to have said I hope I didn’t kill anybody.”

But he did.

And he has been forgiven.

I hope he can forgive himself.


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