1. It's a miracle.
2. Thank god.
While reading about the horrible bridge collapse a word used struck me as odd. It was Miracle. The Fire Chief used it to describe the number of people that are dead in their cars at the bottom of the Mississippi River. They think that number is 8 - rather than the first estimate of 30. While 8 is a much better number - what about those 8 people? Isn't their death horrible enough? Does the lower number make it less terrible for them and their families? It's sort of like when people talk about a guy on trial and say oh if anyone deserves the death penalty - he does. They all do. What makes his victim any more worthy than any other victim?
I don't believe in god so to me a miracle is really just an figure of speech. Kind of like when I say, thank god the pizza guy is here. Or wow, it's a miracle that traffic doesn't suck today. A figure of speech. A miracle to me is not an act of a supreme being that is up there somewhere picking and choosing who is saved and who dies. It's the luck of the of draw - purely fluke.