My husband came home today. I was washing dishes and he said that there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon. We quickly turned on the TV to watch the news coverage. The images of ambulances, police officers, blood on sidewalks, and injured people made me think about all the other tragic events that have happened in the past—school shootings, shootings in other areas, mass killings, etc. I think tragedy such as this can bring about feelings of hopelessness. How are Christians supposed to react? I feel that there are five things that we must do (it is not in any particular order):
- Keep focused on God– “[fix] our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Heb 12:2)
- Don’t be afraid– “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul…” (Matt 10:28)
- Have faith– “…Have faith in God… all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you…” (Mark 11: 22 & 24)
- Pray– “…I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…” (1 Tim 2:1-2)
- Stand strong– “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid … for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you” (Deu 31:6)
So today as we see another tragedy in our country, let us keep focused on God, not being afraid of what is happening, having faith that God will continue to take care of us, praying for those who have been affected, and standing strong. Remember, God is still in control!