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The Death and Life of X Gamer Caleb Moore
The Christian Diarist ^ | February 1, 2013 | JP

Posted on 02/01/2013 7:21:41 AM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Caleb Moore, the Winter X Games snowmobiler, went to be with Lord yesterday. He was 25 years old.

The young man crash landed a week ago – much to the entertainment of millions watching on ESPN – attempting a back flip during the snowmobile freestyle finals. Initially knocked unconscious, the X game athlete awakened, woozily, was diagnosed with a concussion and, eventually, whisked to the hospital.

While hospitalized, Caleb’s condition worsened. Docters found blood near his heart. This past Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the young man’s family issued a statement that his cardiac injury had led to a secondary injury to his brain. Then, the next day, Caleb’s grandpa told a Denver newspaper his grandson almost certainly was not going to make it.

And, yesterday, the young man drew his last breath.

My heart breaks for Caleb’s family. They knew that the young man’s extreme sport was inherently dangerous; that crashes were almost inevitable. Indeed, Caleb had previously broken his collar bone, pelvis, wrist and tailbone on snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles, not to mentioned sustaining at least 10 concussions.

“You know it can happen at any time,” said Wade Moore, Caleb’s Dad.

Yet, I have no doubt that the Moore family is grief stricken today. For even if you know that a loved one has a dangerous job or avocation, you still don’t expect them to be taken from you suddenly.

Especially when that loved one is only 25 years old.

Caleb’s tragic death is a cautionary tale to all the young people reading these words: Tomorrow is not promised to you. Every day you spend above ground is a manifestation of God’s amazing grace.

Indeed, when Caleb awakened a week ago yesterday, he had no idea it would be the very last week of his young life. My prayer is that he was a Christ follower, that he spent yesterday in paradise with his Savior.

By the same coin, I hope that the young people who either watched Caleb’s fateful crash on ESPN or saw it on the news do not make the mistake of the thinking they have all the time in the world to get right with God.

Most of those young people can indeed look forward to a long life. But some, sadly, some are destined for a premature death, like young Caleb Moore.

Only God knows how many years each of us have on this side of the grave. But we all, old and young alike, can guarantee that we will spend eternity with – rather than without – God by giving our lives to Christ.


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: calebmoore; fatality; salvation; sports
I can think of hardly anything more painful than losing a son or daughter in their youth. There is solace, though, for Christ followers, in knowing we will be reunited with those lost to us when we, ourselves, go to be with the Lord.
1 posted on 02/01/2013 7:21:47 AM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Sad. But what lousy writing.

“Docters found blood near his heart.”

First, you mean “doctors?”

Second, I would have been surprised if they DIDN’T find blood near his heart. HELLO!!!!


2 posted on 02/01/2013 7:24:55 AM PST by whitedog57
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
"Caleb had previously broken his collar bone, pelvis, wrist and tailbone on snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles, not to mentioned sustaining at least 10 concussions."

Anyone with this many serious injuries by age 24 is clearly on a trip to a premature death. How could anyone expect otherwise?

3 posted on 02/01/2013 7:30:24 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: norwaypinesavage

Tbe an official classification of EK Syndrome ... Evel Knievel Syndrome


4 posted on 02/01/2013 7:33:26 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

There sould be an 0fficial ... etc.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 7:35:26 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Caleb’s tragic death is a cautionary tale to all the young people reading these words. . . .

It is a cautionary tale alright, but the words they should be reading are these:

And [the devil] took [Jesus] to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,

"'He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,'

and

"'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"

And Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'" (Luke 4:9-12)

In other words, don't do stupid stuff that is likely to hurt you or kill you and then expect the Lord to bail you out.

6 posted on 02/01/2013 7:51:08 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor, LCMS)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

These “sports” are a lot like gambling: the thrill comes from the risk. And the risk comes from the reality that you don’t win every time. It’s hard to mourn someone who has chosen to take the risk and then — as they inevitably must — lost. In the case of these extreme sports, sometimes one loss is all you get. Those are the stakes in that game.


7 posted on 02/01/2013 7:52:37 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I saw the video, too. He was one heck of a daredevil. The only condolence (after the Lord) is that he died doing what he loved.


8 posted on 02/01/2013 7:53:51 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: whitedog57; CHRISTIAN DIARIST
"First, you mean “doctors?”"

So your spell checking is going to extend your life?

9 posted on 02/01/2013 7:56:53 AM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: whitedog57

This person writes a very nice eulogy and all you can do is criticize him. Wow.

I don’t follow most of the X Games riders but I do follow the Supercross and Motocross guys. They are all in the same game of extreme sports. RIP Caleb and prayers for his family and friends.


10 posted on 02/01/2013 8:07:41 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Amen!
Dangerous sport.


11 posted on 02/01/2013 8:39:34 AM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Saw vid of Alex Honnold, rock climber who doesn’t use ropes, and just think it’s a matter of time before he falls. His mother said there is nothing she can do except pray. I think I would chain my son to a table before I would let him fall to his untimely death hundreds of feet below.
This kind of reckless behavior is insane. A young, handsome, bright athlete gone before his time and leaving a devastated family to mourn.


12 posted on 02/01/2013 8:59:49 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Pray for our Republic...)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Sad, yes, Tragic, no. People have always been drawn to risky business, from sporting to military operations. It is called life. Live it or go home and sit in your bubblewrap waiting for death someday.

I’ve spent my entire life, even now, doing things you might call risky, from extreme sports to military service to just being a little boy with too much time on his hands and a really cool bike ramp near the river.

We coddle people too much to the point that when someone gets injured or dies we proclaim we should all just go sit in rocking chairs. Sorry, you go sit in the rocking chair, I’m going to go see if I can jump over your house.


13 posted on 02/01/2013 9:07:05 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Just another version of Russian Roulette.


14 posted on 02/01/2013 9:28:33 AM PST by MCF
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To: CodeToad

Great post.

Nobody forced this adult male to race sleds, and he made good money and fame from doing it.

I just hope the inevitable lawsuits don’t shut down the sport.


15 posted on 02/01/2013 9:32:02 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: whitedog57

You’re brutal, dude.


16 posted on 02/01/2013 9:37:43 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Prayers for his family


17 posted on 02/01/2013 9:43:01 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Mountain Mary

Over 40,000 people die every year in motor vehicle accidents, yet, you let your son in a car. How can you possibly let your son into a device that weights thousands of pounds, travels at hundreds of feet per second and can crash into other several ton devices, smashing your little son like a bug??? How? That’s INSANE!!!

Hundreds of small children die every year drowning in 5 gallon buckets used for cleaning around the house, yet, I bet you had one when he was little.

See, hearing of a death sparks calls for avoiding whatever killed someone but we fail to remember all those other things that kill us all even more.


18 posted on 02/01/2013 9:49:50 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

Yes. You can spend 25 years living life and loving every moment or 75 years watching life and dying with regret.


19 posted on 02/01/2013 9:51:32 AM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
For even if you know that a loved one has a dangerous job or avocation, you still don’t expect them to be taken from you suddenly.

Somehow I don't think playing dangerous games ranks up there with a dangerous job or vocation.

Ecc_7:17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

20 posted on 02/01/2013 1:09:14 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: CodeToad
See, hearing of a death sparks calls for avoiding whatever killed someone but we fail to remember all those other things that kill us all even more.

Let's bring back the Roman coliseum complete with sponsors and agents; that could likely replace Monday night football...........

21 posted on 02/01/2013 1:35:31 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Hot Tabasco

A little over the top and a knee-jerk reaction on your part. This whole thing is a knee-jerk reaction. Typical liberal mindset, thinking you can save the world from themselves.


22 posted on 02/01/2013 1:37:31 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Duchess47
You can spend 25 years living life and loving every moment

More likely 6 or 7 years once he matured enough to realize that was what he wanted to do and had the legal age to do it.

No thanks, I'll take the alternative, 75 years of enjoying life and all the other suff it has to offer that can be just as exciting........

23 posted on 02/01/2013 1:40:42 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: CodeToad
Typical liberal mindset, thinking you can save the world from themselves.

Did you see my sarcasm tag Toad? What's the matter, you have a problem with athletes willing to go to the total extreme in a gladiator's arena? It's their choice isn't it?

24 posted on 02/01/2013 1:46:02 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Hot Tabasco

“Did you see my sarcasm tag Toad? “

You didn’t provide one.

One man’s sport is another sissy’s “dangerous activity”.


25 posted on 02/01/2013 2:10:55 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad
You didn’t provide one

That's because I didn't........figure it out liberal Code dude

26 posted on 02/01/2013 3:17:30 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: CodeToad
One man’s sport is another sissy’s “dangerous activity”.

Lets try this again:

Let's bring back the Roman coliseum complete with sponsors and agents; that could likely replace Monday night football...........

Do you have a problem with athletes willing to go to the total extreme in a gladiator's arena? It's their choice isn't it?

Or are you now doing the liberal back-stepping?

27 posted on 02/01/2013 3:24:24 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: CodeToad

How can you compare the act of driving a car to get from Point A to B to an extreme “sport” that isn’t even a sport that is extremely dangerous and an invitation to inflict serious injury or death upon oneself by participating in it. Insane CodeToad.

And the buckets o’water aren’t exactly a good analogy either...If a child drowns in a bucket left unattended by a parent or guardian, they are a victim of an inattentive caregiver. Apples and oranges.


28 posted on 02/01/2013 4:16:48 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Pray for our Republic...)
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To: Hot Tabasco

You are being rather stupid, really, childish even. Nothing in sports today requires injury, expects injury, or death, as an outcome. So go back to your bubblewrap and try thinking next time.


29 posted on 02/01/2013 4:24:33 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Mountain Mary

What are you talking about? Cars kill and injury hundreds of thousands every year, yet, you are proclaiming cars less dangerous than high risk sports?? Just because they are part of your natural life and you are accustomed to seeing wrecks and hearing of deaths you tune out the risks. Well, people in high risk sports do too. They don’t see it as a terrible thing no more than you see motor vehicles deaths and injuries as nothing to bother about.

As I said before, one man’s sport is another sissy’s “dangerous activity”.

Buckets, cars, sports, risks are risks, I don’t care the source or circumstance. Deaths and injuries are the result, so if you cringe at high risk sports because they cause injuries then you must cringe at cars and buckets because they do too. In fact, your comment supports my statement because at least high risk sports know the dangers but those buckets are accidents the poor toddler didn’t see coming.

Don’t be a liberal and demand the end to things you see as more dangerous than you are willing to try: If you don’t like high risk sports then don’t participate or watch them.


30 posted on 02/01/2013 4:30:36 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

“If you don’t like high risk sports then don’t participate or watch them.”


Life is a high risk sport IMHO. We will all die from participating in it.

Guaranteed.

.


31 posted on 02/01/2013 4:36:36 PM PST by Mears
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To: HarleyD

**Somehow I don’t think playing dangerous games ranks up there with a dangerous job or vocation.
Ecc_7:17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?**

Well said and quoted. I did dangerous entertainment stuff (in the air and on the ground) BEFORE I was married and became a father. Then I decided I needed and WANTED to be around, and healthy, to be with my family.

I think of a young woman that was killed a couple of years ago when the wing snapped off of her aerobatic plane somewhere in MO. She left behind two young boys. Sad.


32 posted on 02/01/2013 5:13:37 PM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: Mears

“Life is a high risk sport IMHO. We will all die from participating in it.”

Yep, and to add to that, how many of these do-gooder liberal types demanding to protect us from ourselves are just fat lazy slobs that live a high risk unhealthy lifestyle and die prematurely from health complications but hypocritically want to lecture us on our activity choices.


33 posted on 02/01/2013 6:40:01 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

Far be it from me, that I would want to legislate how you live and play. I’m 58 and still like freedom. In my past, I’ve gone fast on and off road on motorcycles and cars, performed stunts in private aircraft. I farmed grain and livestock most of my life, have spent the past decade as a OTR trucker (more dangerous than farming imo, and I’ve been run over by a few head of beef cattle through the years). I know I’d have been really angry with myself if I had ended up in a wheelchair, after starting a family, all because I had to have a ‘rush’ from doing something daring.


34 posted on 02/01/2013 7:24:16 PM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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