Lady Pastor: Jesus offers peace, even in the brokenness of Boston
In the days and weeks ahead, more will come to be known about the tragic explosions that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. But no matter how many reports we hear, it still won't make sense. Violence, injustice and hatred never make sense.
A heinous act was perpetrated, and multitudes of innocent people were injured and killed. The photographic images of the scene painted a terrifying story. But there's more to be found in those pictures than terror. In the midst of a narrative filled with tragedy, there were also rays of light. Radiant, humble, courageous rays of light.
Seconds after tragedy struck, brave men and women entered into the situation. Thanks be to God for those sacred servants among us who head into catastrophe, not away from it. Police officers and volunteers removed barricades so the injured could be attended to. Paramedics immediately sprang into action, dealing with the kinds of injuries no person should ever have to see. Doctors and nurses waited at emergency room entrances, ready to assist with the overload of patients on the way. Reporters immediately got notifications about the event out to the public so that people could be adequately informed. People of faith around the world began praying for healing, peace and safety.
Fred Rogers once said, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" Fred's mother was a wise woman. There are so many helpers in our midst. They are vessels of hope in situations that seem so hopeless.
Jesus, too, shared words that provide good guidance for our hearts: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).
When we are overwhelmed with feelings of deep trouble and fear, Jesus invites us to live with peace in our hearts. There is deep brokenness in this world. We all long for a way to permanently eradicate senseless acts of violence from the face of the earth. But until that vision becomes a reality, may God grant us the guidance we need each day to build a safer world for all.
Today, we turn our spirits to what the season of Easter is all about — hope. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu once prayed, "Goodness is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Light is stronger than darkness. Life is stronger than death." Amen.