“They were halfway across the road, holding hands as they always did on their way to meet the school bus, when 9-year-old Anaiah Tucker and her 5-year-old sister, Camry, saw the truck bearing down on them. There wasn’t time for both of them to escape. And so, in an act of sisterly love and selfless courage, Anaiah pushed her little sister to safety and took the full impact herself.
She had just one thought, she said Wednesday; her little sister ‘was too young to be hit like this, and if she got hit she wouldn’t hardly be alive. She would be probably gone forever.’
Yet that brave big sister, who lost a leg and nearly her life that day, does not believe that she is a hero. ‘I feel like one, but I really didn’t deserve to be one,’ Anaiah told Ann Curry on TODAY. ‘I love her so much.'”
“This is Hideaki Akaiwa. When the Tsunami hit his home town of Ishinomaki, Hideaki was at work. Realising his wife was trapped in their home, he ignored the advice of professionals, who told him to wait for the army to arrive to provide search and rescue.
Instead he found some scuba gear, jumped in the raging torrent – dodging cars, houses and other debris being dragged around by the powerful current, any of which could have killed him instantly – and navigated the now submerged streets in pitch dark, freezing water until he found his house. Swimming inside, he discovered his wife alive on the upper level with only a small amount of breathing room, and sharing his respirator, pulled her out to safety.
If he had waited for the army, his wife of 20 years would be dead.”
He has since rescued his mother and continues to patrol the streets, saving lives.
Taking on the Gospel of Mark, Dr. Keller presents a history of the world filtered through the life story of Jesus Christ. By focusing on the fastest of the gospel accounts, we’re taken on a cosmic, sprawling journey of Jesus’ every word and miracle that shines a light on the narrative of humanity. It’s not an easy task but Dr. Keller’s down-to-earth tone is as comfortable as a warm fireplace. Jesus is unveiled from humble servant to mighty king, and our only appropriate response left is to bow.
Dr. Timothy Keller is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. His easygoing yet urgent style will keep you in, his intellect will provoke real thinking, his illustrations are nearly perfect in execution. There are times when I felt he was going a predictable route ready to drop a platitude, but even old truths are presented in fresh ways.
It has been almost notoriously difficult to connect the supernatural truth of Jesus’ atonement to our everyday life, but Dr. Keller does this in a masterful, personal way. He cuts straight to the core: that true sacrificial love always requires the expenditure of life, and Jesus’ death is the infinite payment both to cover our debt and to satisfy our deepest needs as the final treasure.
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