Sermon Illustrations

The news carried the story this week of a faithful father. James Kim was an editor for CNET. CNN reports: “On November 25 the Kims had begun a drive home to San Francisco, California, after a Thanksgiving vacation in Oregon. They missed a turn and found themselves stranded in snow and lost on one of Oregon’s treacherous mountain roads — an area that is rarely plowed during the winter. At some point, James Kim tried to back up the car to where there was less snow to block them. But snow was falling so fast and furiously that he had to open his door to see, authorities said. Over the next few days, the snow and rain fell unrelentingly, Kati Kim told searchers. The family ran the car sporadically to keep warm as temperatures dipped below freezing at night. After running out of gas, they set a spare tire on fire and eventually burned all four tires for warmth. When the weather let up briefly, they burned magazines and driftwood.” But after waiting a week for rescue, James Kim got out of the safety of the car and began to walk to get help for his family. His desire to save his family, and his faithfulness to them, cost him his life.

I went on CNN’s blog site to see what people were saying about this story. The blog was in response to the question: “What would you do in the same situation?” A former Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Instructor, sent in what has been called the rule of threes: “You can survive 3 weeks without food; 3 days without water; 3 hours without shelter; 3 minutes without air, but not three seconds without hope.” We have hope, and we not only survive, but we thrive, because we have a faithful father who has sacrificed his life in order to save us and bring us out of the mess we are in.