“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
In our quest to see redemption win, we must not forget the tragedy that made redemption necessary in the first place.
A year ago today, the city of Boston was celebrating and enjoying the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. And then just like that, the celebration turned to chaos and devastation. Three people fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God would die that day, and more than 260 would be injured. A fourth would die in a shooting three days later.
Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy who in truly sad irony once made a sign at school that read “No more hurting people. Peace.” Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager with a kind and giving heart. Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old Chinese national and a bright and dedicated graduate student at Boston University. Sean Collier, a 27-year-old well-liked police officer at MIT who was living out his childhood dream.
Today our thoughts and prayers are with the Richard, Campbell, Lu, and Collier families. Our thoughts and prayers are also with all those who suffered physical injuries and mental trauma, as we know their struggles are far from over a year later.
May you find continued healing, strength, and comfort in the arms of our God and through the love and support of your family, friends, and strangers from around the country and the world.