It is with sadness that I watch as, what appears to be another terrorist attack spreads injury, death and fear into the hearts of the people here in Boston and indeed touching people all over the world.
The death toll currently is at 2 with at least 23 injured. The sadness that I feel is first for those directly impacted by this senseless act. What bothers me deeply is the far-reaching and long-term effects this unnatural act places in the hearts and psyches of the countless multitudes. This day’s horrors will fade just as the countless horrific events of the past do. Unfortunately the long-term effects on how people feel, act, and do will change in varying levels of intensity… probably for the rest of their lives.
Personally my faith is a place where I grab hold of… all the more tightly as these events unfold and my thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of this attack. It seems so meaningless to say these things and I suppose unless you share in my faith in Christ the idea that people are praying may seem even a bit heartless to say. But I do not say these things as a cliché but rather believe that my God can bring comfort and healing and peace. In fact I believe this is probably the single most effective thing I can do seeing that I am not an emergency worker or Doctor.
I also pray that fear would be rebuked and not take hold of people’s hearts, that the enemy seeks to bring fear, therefore I pray the spirit of God would place a hedge around the hearts of all affected by this tragedy, that the enemy would get no victory here!
An Update: 27 hours Later… 3 confirmed dead, 176 injured- 19 of them are in critical condition.