As the interfaith worship service begins in Boston, let us join our hearts and spirits in prayer with those of many faiths who gather there.
We pray for the grieving, for those who are even now fighting for their lives, and for those who will never be the same because of injury to the body or the soul.
We pray our thanks for those who responded so courageously, who at great risk helped so many to survive.
We lift up our anger at those who would perpetrate such terror, and pray for such justice that can be found this side of eternity.
For many runners, particularly those finishing later in the race when the explosions came, the marathon is a metaphor for some kind of a quest, a spiritual or emotional journey, a personal challenge. May we find in this time a solidarity with them and with all the human race, striving as nearly all of us are for the same simple things in life: food for the body and for the soul, shelter for the night and for the spirit, daily tasks that bring purpose and meaning, and people to love.
The Boston Marathon is uniquely American, run through the streets of the city in which our freedom found roots. Yet the Boston Marathon is also an international event, drawing runners and supporters from around the world. May we unite our voices with those of every nation in praying for the victims of violence and seeking an end to that violence, wherever it may be found. Together let us strive for a world in which there is justice for all, a world in which differences are settled with words rather than weapons. And let us remember that the best of our faith and all faiths find common cause with what is best in the human spirit.
We look forward to the day of the Lord of which Isaiah spoke, when God “shall judge between the nations… they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (2:1-4).
Until then, we depend on the promise found in Paul’s letter to the Romans: “that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (8:38-39).
Greg and Kathy