What happened today at the Boston Marathon was a tragic event that will be remembered for years to come. I know I, like I’m sure many others, couldn’t help thinking back to one of the last times an attack occurred on American civilians, 9/11.
There are countless similarities, but the one I would like to focus on is the actions of the first responders. Twelve years ago, and today, those who were not hurt by the violence did not merely run away, concerned with their own safety, they ran TOWARDS the disaster.
Many people feel an immense sadness during times like these, and that is completely understandable, but there is no need to completely lose faith in humanity. The actions of the brave men and women who responded to the explosions today, and for the days to come, are proof of that.
Yes, this is a terrible tragedy.
Yes, there were lives lost, lives ruined and injuries.
We will not have our spirit broken. We are a strong country, full of strong people, and, as we proved that fateful morning in September, we will not be broken.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes 3: 2-4
Not only is this our time to mourn, but it is our time to rejoice in the strength of our fellow citizens. We should not just weep out of sadness, but out of joy for the kind hearts that surrond us in a world where evil is desperately trying to win each and every day. There is a strength in each and every one of us.
Sometimes, we just have to wait for our muscles to be tested to see our true potential.
Prayers for all those affected by this tragedy, stay strong and be resilient.