Written by Daniel Hazard
"God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles…"
Ron Buford and Donna Schaper
A Boston policeman, right after the blast, said, "I need all the lanes open here." He meant it. His wise, if exhausted, command goes straight to why we all need to run in the Boston marathon next year, and not in the violence marathon ever. Making sure we openly run for peace also effectively addresses the crisis of guns, bombs, and privilege.
When the seas of chaos overwhelm the shores of our ordered lives, when words become meaningless, when the spilled blood of our children screams from city streets, piercing the ears of our still-listening God, we call upon our Refuge and Strength, who is already there in times of trouble, keeping all the lanes open and refusing to be terrorized by terrorists.
See you at the marathon next year. Let's keep all the lanes open.
Gracious God, we give thanks for first responders who sprang to action, soothing and saving with deeds of loving-kindness, heroic and small. We give thanks for those immediately effective in restoring life and limb, or offering a cool drink of water. Let our hearts and minds not become the ultimate casualty, overwhelmed by evil. And help us, O God to keep all the lanes open. Amen