Rebecca and I want to express our deepest sympathy to the victims of the bombing in Boston this week. We are keeping all of you in prayer. You have endured much. We grieve with you.
Sitting in my safe office while listening to the news accounts of the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon, I couldn’t help but feel a helplessness, almost a disconnect about the events. It was an eerie feeling to watch the horror unravel before my very eyes, to see the suffering of the victims, while I was tucked away safe and sound in my own space. It seems that we are now too often witnessing these kinds of tragedies. One after the other, they assail our minds with endless emotions difficult to endure. I can’t help but feel that the human psyche was not created to bear such an assault on our beings. It is very wearisome to move forward. Yet, we must carry on. But, how?
As we watched the circumstances of the bombing unfold, Rebecca recounted to me what people were saying about the bombing on Facebook. “Can’t we just love each other?” one person asked. Rebecca and I looked at each other, and in unity declared, “Yes, absolutely we can!” We could almost feel the frustration oozing through those words. We wanted to scream out, “Isn’t that what we’ve been trying to say throughout this blog?!!”
As for those vicious renegades who are responsible for carrying out these heinous acts on society, to me they are aberrations so given over to evil that they are no longer recognizable as human beings. Nevertheless, I have great hope for the rest of humanity, so many of whom spring into action to help the wounded in a catastrophe. In the words of an eyewitness in Boston, “So many people helped others, making tourniquets out of yarn, carrying the injured, soothing the shocked, giving away their clothes to keep runners warm. So many people have hearts of goodness. We can’t forget that. Not ever.” Well put, I would say.
In light of this latest tragedy in Boston, Rebecca and I reiterate the unending plea we continually make in this blog. Please, everyone, let’s stop the hate and begin to show each other unconditional love once again. I realize this is not always an easy task; but I know we can do it. It will be well worth the effort. If we are willing to put aside our differences in the face of disaster, we can do the same at all other times. It’s just a matter of choice. Will we choose to love one another rather than to hate? This will not stop senseless calamity, but it does open the door for more love and less hate in this world. This can only lead us all to a better place.
Friends this is a call to action. We are living in perilous times. It is time to stop fighting one another and practice showing unconditional love, not just in the wake of tragedy, but at all times!! This is what U Love looks like:
Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast. It is not proud or rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. It does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Let’s learn it and live it!!!! Unite in U Love!!!
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