Praying for Boston

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It happened again. Another tragedy. Two bombs detonated near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Carnage and heartbreak. Heroism in the face of cruel cowardice. A deluge of details fill the news feeds, while family members and friends of runners and onlookers worry, pray, and hope for the best.

What do we who are far removed from the situation do now? I suggest prayer. Heartfelt, persistent, ongoing intercessory prayer. And as you engage in practical expressions of support, continue to pray. Just as you prayed in the aftermath of 9/11, or upon hearing news of the various shootings in recent months and years.

Be vigilant in your prayers for the victims and all who are impacted by the violence. And never stop trusting God. Even in the face of unthinkable horror, he is infinitely good. This is why we pray that his will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven. In so doing, we give full voice to our yearning for Jesus’ return to set the world to rights.

And until his return, we continue to pray in the wake of tragedy and in seasons of peace.

Boston, you are not alone in this dreadful heartbreak. All across the fruited plain and from the opposite coast, we are praying for you. God has not forgotten nor forsaken you. He loves you.

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