So, this week has been full of prayers for all those affected by the bombings in Boston. And on the heels of that — the horrific tragedy still unfolding in West, TX where a chemical plant exploded, pretty much destroying the town — the loss of life has not been confirmed, but the injured are many. And as every day goes on, the media keeps of us informed of just how many people are still hospitalized in Boston (58 tonight) and six of them are critical.
Tonight the FBI released photos of the men that believe are responsible for the bombings. Those photos are already going viral and hopefully they’ll know they are or already do! They believe this is a domestic act of terrorism — an act of cowardice — an act of hatred.
But, what I find amazing about the Boston Marathon bombings is how the good in humanity comes forward — and I mean people putting aside their difference and their prejudices to help one another. We’ve seen this over and over, hero after hero as we read the news in the days that followed. We’ve seen this after 911, where Americans banned together, crime went down across the country, and people took a stand with all that is good.
And now, I just watched a video posted online after the Boston Bruins hockey game last night — the first sporting event in Boston since the bombings. I couldn’t stop the tears — it was the most beautiful, honest, sincere, spontaneous and touching moment — truly a magic moment — from thousands of fans taking a stand with all that is good.
As Rene Rancourt came out onto the ice, along with the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard, and he began to sing the National Anthem — the fans overtook him, belting it out so loudly that Rene lowered his microphone and led the crowd. With no music or vocal leader, these fans sang it like they meant it — waving flags and messages for Boston in support. One word — A M A Z I N G .
In times of tragedy, people come together to give strength to one another. They feel a sense of American pride in fighting for the good of humanity. I really had no idea who Patton Oswalt was when his story went viral the day after the bombings on April 16. But when I read it, there is one line that resonates, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
The good will outnumber you, and we always will. Such powerful words. It reaffirms the goodness in humanity and the principles that this country was built on. Pray. Pray for Boston. People are praying together — sending volumes of prayers to Heaven from all over the world. And there is nothing more powerful than that. And, in the words of little Martin Richard, the 8-year old who lost his life in the bombings, “No more hurting people. Peace.”
And now we need to pray for those in West, TX. For their story is getting lost in the shadows of the Boston bombings. And their grief and the loss they face is no less tragic than the events in Boston.