There are no words to properly convey comfort and compassion for those who are suffering. Try as we may, it all sounds lame. Yet, comfort and compassion is exactly what is needed. For those directly effect by the tragedy today in Boston, pray for them. If you are close to them, hold them, listen to them, sit in silence with them. When words fail us, don’t use any! One’s presence speaks volumes in times of tragedy.
If you find yourself feeling sad, numb, fearful, helpless, know that these, and other feelings, are normal. Please find someone dear to you to reach out to. Do not feel these emotions alone; use the support of family, your faith community, your neighbors.
It is unfortunately timely that my most recent blog post is on fear. Read it for a more in depth reflection on coping with fear.
I offer the following quotes, not as answers, but as moments of reflection to aid our coping and thoughts.
“Therefore I begin to think, my Lord, you purposely allow us to be brought into contact with the bad and evil things that You want changed. Perhaps that is the very reason why we are here in this world, where sin and sorrow and suffering and evil abound, so that we may let You teach us so to react to them, that out of them we can create lovely qualities to live forever. That is really the only satisfactory way of dealing with evil. Not simply binding it so that it cannot work harm, but whenever possible overcoming it with good.”
— Hind’s Feet on High Places pg 242 Hannah Hurnard
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr
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