It began as any other ordinary day. I am sure that he kissed his family good bye and expected to see them at the end of a hectic day at his office in California.
On December 8th, an F-18 fighter jet crashed into his home in San Diego. Some F A/18's had been taken out of the sky due to mechanical problems. Would that this plane had not been in the air. Fortunately, the pilot was able to eject safely. That might not be as fortunate in the long run - I am sure that ambulance chasers are considering lawsuits against the pilot and/or the military, and he will have to live with killing 4 innocent civilians, two children, a mother and a grandmother.
I saw the father on the CBS morning show today and he could barely walk. I was struck by his palpable grief and anguish. He was being comforted and almost held upright by his pastor and other friends. Pastors are on call 24/7 and 365 days a year. They are available to assist congregants with their temporal and spiritual needs. I cannot imagine what that was like for the pastor to get the phone call from his parishioner.
My prayers are with this man through this awful and life changing experience. His faith is strong - he knows that his family members are in Heaven - I wonder what comfort that is to him as he misses them every day for the rest of his life.