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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My heart is heavy for Boston

As I mentioned yesterday, Marathon Monday is one of my favorite days of the year in a city I hold dear: Boston. We were out of town for the long weekend to visit family in Tennessee and returned this morning. Hearing the news of the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon was unsettling to say the least.

Throughout the day, I tracked a friend running the marathon using the Find My Friends app, but was also watching my two and five year old nieces, so I couldn't turn on the news when I learned about the explosions via Facebook. My newsfeed was flooded with news links and status updates from many Boston friends at the race.

I was in disbelief.

I had volunteered at the finish line in 2009 and kept thinking about all of the runners, first-responders, volunteers, and spectators as I envisioned the scene.

Even after more than 24 hours of following the news and traveling home, I am still stunned by each account I read and video I view. While I'm deeply troubled by the tragedy, I am also encouraged by the many outpourings of goodwill and uplifting words.

In the midst of tragedy, my hope is in Christ alone. I am reminded of the words of an old hymn, On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. May God bring comfort, peace and healing to Boston, its residents, marathon runners and all those impacted by such an unthinkable act of violence.

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