Those of us who love adventure travel – especially when we have a camera in our hands – are a unique group. When danger stops lurking and jumps out at you, we first push “record” and frame a shot before we look for a place to take cover. When we return home, the stories of being shot at, abducted, held prisioner…make great conversation and cause our sane friends and loved ones to wonder what exactly is wrong with us.
But sometimes it goes horribly wrong. Today I grieve for the family of Brian Carderelli, a 21 year old shooter who died doing what he loved – covering humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. He graduated last year and already was making an impact in the world because of his talent with a camera and sense of service. His facebook page lists the Bible and God among his main interests. WORLD Magazine mentions him in the very last line of their excellent article; but the story gives a sense of who he was by the people he associated with. They were doing the Lord’s work, and died in His service.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15