I know I haven't written all last week but I've had a heavy heart. It was one week ago today that country was wracked by the waves of the Boston bombing. Even now, after one suspect was caught and the other one was killed, there is a sense in the air. There is an uneasiness, an awareness that things will forever be changed. I watched with horror at the pictures across my screen passed by. I looked on with tears as the faces of those that were murdered emerged. And I was happy when the culprits were found. I wanted answers. I still want answers. Why two people would spread such evil into the air. Why they found a need to strike at the heart of innocents. My heart hurts. Its a scary time that we live in. I can easily be sucked into the scariness the fear of what is going on but in times of great evil there is something that glitters. The hope. The innate goodness of people. The "helpers". Author Dennis Lehane who is a Boston native was speaking to Good Morning America and what he said stuck with me. It filled me with hope.
"I’ve been proud to be from Boston my whole life – I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud as I have been this week. The thing that will stick with me the rest of my life is, the plot of these brothers failed within two seconds of the first explosion. Because the objective of terror is to rattle a populous. It’s to make them paralyzed with fear,” he said. “And to see all of these civilians run toward the blast to help their fellow civilians, to help their fellow Bostonians, their fellow members of the human race was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. It was one of the great acts of heroism I’ve ever witnessed.”
That part about how the plot of the brothers failed because the object was paralyze bystanders with fear. Boston was not afraid. Boston ran into the smoke, ripped off their clothes to make bandages for strangers, thew their bodies against friends to protect them, CLOSED THE CITY DOWN to catch the evil bastards that did this. In the face of horror and evil, the people ran headfirst to fight the danger.
And that....that is what gives me hope.
Pray for Boston.
At 2:50 today, there is a countrywide moment of silence and prayer for Boston.