Boston’s Pain is Felt by All of Us.
As I suppose most of you have done as well, I have been closely following the events in Boston over the past week. We were violently shaken awake from our complacent slumber and awoke to horrific carnage in our streets. We awoke to the harsh reality that our lives can be changed forever…not by just a well coordinated terrorist attack on a grand scale…but by a couple of seemingly innocent youths who decided to shed their cocoons one day, and instead of transforming into butterflies, transformed into monsters.
Just as on 9/11, our world became a great deal more fragile last week. What is most stinging about all of this was our country had extended a hand of friendship to the perpetrators. We had given them what we have given countless others before them…we had given them the opportunity to better themselves. Instead of being grateful, they exploited our free society to bring us harm.
Unfortunately for us, and for the entire world, we have yet another example of individuals who seem to think the end justifies the means…that the pathway to God needs to be littered with body parts and blood from innocent victims. Unfortunately for these monsters, when they stand before God on judgment day, their acts will be revealed to them for what they really were…insane acts; which bought dishonor and shame to them and their very existence. As Jesus said about Judas, it would have been better had they never been born. Upon their death, these monsters will encounter God, and will be banished from His love forever. They will suffer their punishment along with all the monsters who previously preyed upon us. They will join the ranks of Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden, and a laundry list of other monsters as they wallow in hell.
You have to wonder what goes through the mind of such demented individuals as those who did this evil deed. What must it be like to walk around with a knapsack of death on your back, as you decide who is going to live and who is going to die? What were they thinking the moment they set a bomb down next to an 8-year old innocent boy? What grave misdeed had that little boy done to them, or their sick version of god…that he deserved to die? How did they come to believe that they had been given authority by God to pass judgment over others? And yet, though we may have a millions of questions, there are no answers. Evil cannot be explained.
And yet, in the midst of such evil, there were better angels present too! Just as on 9/11, Boston had its own heroes who rushed into harm’s way to save lives…who, instead of running away in fear, rushed into piles of crippled bodies to help victims they did not know. They rushed, without regard to their own safety, into areas which could have held more bombs. The fact there weren’t more casualties is a testament to the bravery of the heroes that day. Let us resolve to stay focused on the heroes from that day, and not the monsters.
And just like on 9/11, our country owes a debt of gratitude to our police, firemen, paramedics, and the agents from Homeland Security; who put their lives on the line to protect and to serve. One officer was killed and another was gravely wounded in an attempt to keep us from harm. Let us continue to stay focused on the fact that there are a great many more good people than there are monsters.
Let what happened in Boston be a reminder to us all not to take a single moment for granted. Tell those who are important to you that you love them. Don’t live with regret over something you said…or didn’t say…resolve to fix what is broken. As we found out all too dramatically, our lives…and the lives of those we love can change in an instant. I will leave you with this…
We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. ~David Sarnoff