Yesterday around noon, Joey came in for his lunch break and immediately turned on the TV. He said he had heard on the radio that there were explosions at the finish line of the Boston marathon, but no one really knew anything yet because it happened about 15 minutes ago.
I watched the news all afternoon, and my heart is broken for the people whose lives are forever changed now after this cowardly act of terrorism. What was supposed to be a day of witnessing incredible feats of athleticism and the triumph of the human spirit turned into one filled with grief, sadness, and fear.
My heart is broken for the marathoners, for those who traveled from all over the world for this race only to be met by this awful act. For the people on the sidelines cheering on the runners who had come from all corners of the earth. For the families in Boston who no longer feel safe. For the victims’ families. For those who lost limbs, and are critically injured.
Being somewhat of a runner, I always look forward to hearing about the Boston marathon and what the finishing times are for the winners and watching the victorious faces of those who cross that finish line- I can only imagine what it must have been like for the Bostonians who celebrate Patriot’s Day every year and now will embrace this day with memories of sadness and heartbreak.
While there is anger, heartache, and that big question, “WHY?”- many have pointed out that we can be grateful for the spirit of America. Coming together when the going gets tough- banding together in the face of adversity. Many people, instead of running away from the explosions (completely natural response) ran towards the chaos to help those in dire need. After running 26.2 miles, there were marathon finishers who were helping the victims. There were reports of runners finishing the race and running to the hospital to donate blood for the victims. First responders, firemen, police officers, medical personnel and bystanders rallied together to save many lives.
That kind of strength only comes from one place.
“Isaiah 40:31 ‘but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Today will be a hard day for many people- dealing with the aftermath of the attack and what it has done to many people, both physically and mentally.
I struggled with knowing what to even start praying for, and thankfully- Jesus gives us those words when we can’t come up with them ourselves.
“Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Boston, our thoughts and prayers are with you…
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