Los Angeles Metrolink victims -Sunday Shock

Friday when I saw the footage on the TV of the train crash in Chatsworth, I avoid as much as possible the coverage. I knew it was a huge tragedy, and I did not want the kids seeing any coverage on the TV. I had recently  used the Metrolink train to goto the Burbank Airport, but I had never imagined an accident to this magnitude could happen.

The front page of the Sunday paper had a list of the names, ages, and where the deceased had lived in the paper.  I scrolled across the names and noticed the name Paul Long.  I looked at his age and the city and I knew this was my old English teacher from Jr High School at Grace Brethren.  I continued reading the article and came across a little paragraph on him.  It seems that his wife and son were also on the train but they survived. I spent two years learning from Mr. Long every aspect of English and Literature but the biggest impact was I met a man who love Jesus Christ and lived it out every day.  The Simi Valley Acorn has an article on Paul Long.

I was sad  that he had died in the train crash but I also knew he had a  passion in his heart for Jesus Christ.  I knew at the moment I was reading the article that he was before the throne of God.  As a Christian, there is a peace knowing that when you die, you will spend an eternity with God.  Not because of anything you do but because of what Jesus did for us when he died on the cross.

Later that evening when we went to church our pastor, Francis, talked about few other victims of the crash who attend our church.  He mentioned the same thing I was thinking earlier.  That those who had passed away, were also at peace now.  At one moment they were in a train, heard the screeching sound of the the trains colliding and the next moment they were before the throne of God. 

This was a horrific accident with the loss of many lives but the greater tragedy is those who have rejected Jesus Christ and will spend an eternity in hell.

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness  that comes from God and is by faith.  Philippians 3:7-10

List of Names of those who passed away:

The victims

Simi Valley
Alan Lloyd Buckley, 59
Ronald Grace, 55
Michael Hammersly, 45
Yi Chao, 71
Atul Vyas, 20
Roger Spacey, 60
Spree DeSha, 35
Walter Arney Fuller, 54
Gregory Lintner, 48
Donna Lynn Remata, 49
Moorpark
Paul Long, 54
Howard Barry Pompel, 69
Maria Elena Villalobos, 18
Aida Magdaleno, 19
Beverly Mosely, 57
Thousand Oaks
Christopher Aiken, 38
Ernest Stephen Kish II, 47
Camarillo
Dennis Arnold, 75
Doyle Jay Souser, 56
Ventura
Dean Lafoy Brower, 51
Santa Paula
Manuel Macias, 31
Outside Ventura County
Charles Peck, 58
Jacob Hefter, 18
Robert Sanchez, 46
Kari Hsieh

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