October 12th, 2010
05:42 PM ET

Hope, faith sustain miners in Chile after months below

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Eliott C. McLaughlin

(CNN) - A hero's welcome awaits them when they get to the top, not because they did anything markedly noble - besides defy odds - but because they showed us there is hope even when the worst seems certain.

By this time Wednesday, the historic moment should be long under way. After 69 days beneath the earth, the last of the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose gold and copper mine in Chile should be preparing for their ascent to freedom.

Their survival, many will say, was born of the strength, patience and resilience God instilled in them.

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  1. cory

    I'm pleased to hear something on the news these days that show hope for the family and miners that are still traped. These days all we see on the evening news is who did this and who did that. I'm glad that the news media is focusing on the topics that bring hope to ours. I just caught the picture of rescue pod being lowered for the test run. What caught my eye was that the wheel on the top was bolted in place, the angle of the wire rope you would think of having the wheel moveable. Just a tought but im glad to see the rescue under way. Good luck and I pray there is no problems and all miners get out in the next 48hrs.

    October 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
  2. jeanette Baumgartner

    Thank You Anderson Cooper and CNN for keeping us posted and for showing up to date news on the Chilean miners. Being a Chilean myself I am overwhelmed by the interest and the dedication that has captured the people in the US

    October 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm |

    I light a candle and pray for all 33 men
    and medical workers to be safe until
    they are all free with their family and
    love ones.

    October 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  4. sue bulmahn

    How great it is to see a miracle happening right before our eyes thanks to todays high tech wonderment. The world can come together like this, oh prayerfuly, how it can in so many areas,let this be a perfect example for new beginnings in our world this day.

    October 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  5. Renee W.

    Praise God!! The miners are able to be lifted out at last. Thank you Lord for sparing all of thier lives and comforting the family and friends during these past scary months.

    October 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm |