Friday, April 19, 2013

Hellish Week Comes to a Close



Hello Dear Friends:

Please forgive me for a post that’s much longer than usual.

It’s just that this week has been so awful in Massachusetts.

When I’m sad, the one guarantee of feeling a little bit better is to write.

So here are my thoughts on the Boston bombings:

The first thought that came to mind when hearing about the bombings at the Boston Marathon was that it was another terrorist attack, like the one in New York on 9/11.

Like thousands of others in the United States and around the world, I ran into the living room, clicked on the television and let the devastation unfold.

All the by now familiar questions punctuated the air around me.

“Why?”

“Who did it?”

“How could such a monstrous thing happen?”

“How will it affect the children who witnessed it?”

“How will the families of those who died survive the sorrow of losing loved ones?”


 Now that one of the suspects  is dead and his brother has been apprehended, we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief.

 The police, FBI and all the other people who have worked mega hours this week are to be commended and deeply appreciated.
 
We had already faced unspeakable evil many times before in our society.
The most recent mayhem took place just a few months ago, right before Christmas, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.  

Thoughts of  a deranged gunman, who snuffed out the lives of 20 beautiful, innocent little children and six staff members, still fill our minds and hearts.

Parents of those angels are still coping with losing their precious children. 


They still face empty seats at  kitchen tables and long nights without story times and goodnight kisses.

Wasn’t that enough evil to last a long time?  Apparently, it was not.

On Monday, as thousands gathered for a happy event, pandemonium happened again. 

Many families and individuals from throughout Massachusetts looked forward to a sweet one-day holiday, Patriot’s Day,  to go to the marathon.

 After witnessing the bombings and their aftermath, those spectators will never again be the same.

They will never be able to be part of a crowd again without thinking back to that fateful April day in 2013 when all hell broke loose.

Visitors to Boston from throughout the United States as well as other countries, too, will look back on April 15 with horror, disbelief and sorrow.

 
It’s really hard to understand the minds and hearts of whoever was responsible for the bombings. 

What kind of thoughts go through such minds?  

How could anyone in their right mind plan a series of bombings in crowds of  people enjoying themselves, having fun on a Monday afternoon?

Among the runners, all the months of training, in preparation for the marathon, ended in such tragedy. It’s beyond pathetic.

It’s horrible and senseless and sad.
 
Boston, a wonderfully historic city, has added a dark, sinister chapter that will never be forgotten. Ever.

It was spring vacation week this week. People who planned excursions and carefree days of sweet freedom now have heavy hearts.

After Monday’s bombings, it  was hard to plan day trips and fun vacation week events. Instead, people, myself included, felt full of grief  as well as anger and fear.

Those who are so inclined will, once again, find solace in running for the protection and security of Almighty God.


 He is, after all, the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow.  

He’s the only one who has the answers to why such events as Monday’s bombings happen. 

Once again, Americans and people throughout the world, will hug each other, weep and hope for some semblance of a safe future for children.

We will remember those who have died violently way too soon, as well as those maimed and injured at the hands of utter evil.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE AWFUL THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN SOCIETY?

10 comments:

Susan said...

My heart goes out to all Bostonian s. I wonder why people commit such evil acts on innocent people.
I feel this story goes much deeper than just two angry young men. They had to be trained to be terrorist.

Linda O'Connell said...

My husband turned to me in the midst of this and said, "Those boys have a mom somewhere waiting for news, too." Oh so true. the pain will be long lasting. All we can do is pray.

Jemma said...

Susan,
This senseless tragedy as well as others that are recurring in our society-have prompted me to ask the same question as you. We will never be able to answer this question. All of the good hearts, kind souls, loving, caring and strong citizens of our country will have to hold on to one another tightly and fight the battle together.
Love,
Jemma

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

What I don't understand is, If they don't like us and our way of life - GO to your HOME and live the way you desire!
God Bless our Country!

diane.stetson said...

My daughter lives right in Watertown only two streets away from where the terrorist was hiding. She had a horrible 24 hours and I kept checking in with her by texting several times a day. I just prayed and prayed that she would be safe. This type of thing can happen anywhere these days and we all have to be vigilant and continue to live our lives and give ourselves up to the Lord to protect us.

marianne said...

I don't handle these types of situations very well. I worry and worry and feel so sad, but I guess every one does. My son works 3 blocks from the site of the Marathon bombing and was at work that day. He wasn't able to leave work until 6 pm. It was a long and hellish day for all of Boston. I prayed that all would be well and that only good things would come to the lovely city of Boston. The events that unfolded in Watertown were horrible beyond belief. I prayed for the safety of all the people there.

Nellie said...

Do you follow Susan Branch at all? I found her latest post to be comforting and encouraging. My faith is what keeps me going. Counting our blessings is a daily thing here.

It is such a relief to have this latest incident resolved.

Enjoy your week-end, Susan!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I thought of your so often this week as the news unfolded knowing this is an area somewhat close to you. It was all so horrific!

Chatty Crone said...

Susan I agree with everything you said and I know it has been a hard week.

I just hope that while they got those two - they if there were others - and I think there were - they find out and get them all.

sandie

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

We will never be able to understand the why, that's for sure. God bless, Tammy

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