Modern-day Job?

I don’t understand why things like this happen, but I feel a lump in my throat right now for this poor guy:

Sheriff’s deputy Andy McDowell was forced to live a parent’s worst nightmare twice in a matter of minutes.

[. . .]

Rory McDowell, 23, and Cory McDowell, 21, both died within a couple of miles from the home they shared with their father in southern Kentucky’s rural Warren County.

[. . .]

Rory McDowell lost control of his pickup truck coming out of a curve and the vehicle struck a tree shortly before 1:30 a.m., authorities said.

[. . .]

About 15 minutes after the first crash, Cory McDowell’s 1984 Porsche veered off another rural road, went into a spin, struck a tree and burst into flames, authorities said.

Two sons. All of his children. Gone in a matter of minutes in SEPARATE tragedies. Almost like Job.  Sad.

7 Responses to Modern-day Job?

  1. Bill says:

    What a terrible story. I’m right in the middle of reading Job — the novel by Joseph Roth. No one does melancholy better. But sometimes real life puts literature far into the background.

  2. Jordan says:


    Thanks for reminding me of that section in War and Remembrance.

  3. john f. says:

    Jordan, to paraphrase Dov-Ber Kerler, aren’t you going a little far by assuming that Job actually existed? If assuming Abraham’s existence was a stretch for your supervisors at Oxford, then I’m sure they would be aghast at a statement by you that would seem to assume the existence of Job, where the evidence is much more compelling that the book is fictional.

  4. Jordan says:

    That’s a good point, John. In that case, assuming that Dov-Ber reads this blog, it should be entitled “Modern-day allegorical Job?”


  5. john f. says:

    Last year sometime danithew pointed out a blog called Dov-Ber. Do you think it is run by him?

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