We often seek out information in times like these. We keep our TVs on, we browse to news websites, and we interact on social media. I suppose it is a way of feeling some sense of control, of making sense of senseless events.
Please be assured that our God, the One who loves with extravagance, weeps for those touched directly and indirectly by the explosions in Boston. God never condones or is part of evil.
I imagine God’s eyes moist with quiet tears at the actions and pain that led one of God’s beloved to perpetrate an act of hate. This is not what God imagines for anyone of us.
As you seek information, please also allow yourself quiet time to be in communion with God. Turn off the TV and computer, light a candle, and pray. If the words don’t come, sit in silence or turn to the prayer Jesus taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
And the power, and the glory,
May God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. May we each in these troubled times care for our own souls so that we can be the people we’re called to be. Pause. Pray. Hug those around you. Often.