Monday, April 15, 2013
I have friends in the Boston area and the boyfriend of one has run in the marathon before. I don't think he ran this year and for that I am thankful. Otherwise my friend and her friend ,whom I also know, might have been in the crowd near the finish line. ; so, tonight I am thankful for their safety. I am also thankful for the safety of the more than one thousand runners from Virginia and North Carolina and the other 26,000 who were running.
Then there is the sadness. It has come over me in a wave as I realize the horror and tragedy of the occurrance. Lives lost, families who will never again spend time with their loved ones who were killed semslessly as they cheered on the runners. There is no way to describe the empathy I feel with them. Just as Ed was taken so totally unexpectedly and when we were planning fun times other families lost their loved ones today when they should have been able to celebrate the finishing of a major race. I cry for them as much as I cry for myself.
I cry for those injured. Those who were there in celebration and lost limbs, received cuts, burns, critical injuries and not critical but injuries none theless. They have lost not only limbs or blood or hearing if the explosion was loud enough to cause that lose but also a sense of safety, of well being, of comfort or abandon in walking down the street.
I cry for our country, the home of the free and the brave because it is becomina country where the free don't feel free but feel fear and bravery is lost in that fear.
Lord, today there was a tragedy and a few were killed and many hurt. I ask you to comfort family, friends, and fellow runners of those killed and injured. I ask you to help instill the feeling of freedom again in the city of Boston and in our great country. I ask you to free us from the threat of violence, terrorism, and war and bless our great nation. Amen