M is for “Marathon Prayers For Boston”

Photo via The Boston Herald - Stuart Cahill

Photo via The Boston Herald – Stuart Cahill

The theme for this month’s challenge is supposed to be on marriage. In light of today’s events, however, something else seemed more appropriate.

Having lived in Boston in my early twenties, I will always have a special love for the town and its people. That being said, I find it troubling that as I write this, live reports and new developments of a coordinated evil act of terror continue to unfold. Make no mistake, any and all attacks that target the lives of innocent people is an evil act influenced by those we can and cannot see. By its very definition, a senseless act is just that, and I won’t pretend to make a logical reasoning for something so void of it. Maybe we can, however, unpack this a little to perhaps uncover answers to another great question: If an all powerful God does exist, why do incomprehensible evils like this still happen to good, innocent people, even children??

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)

A runner embraces a family member.

The Boston Herald – Nancy Lane

That is not to excuse those that commit such terrible acts but to say that bad things happen here on earth because of the presence of this very real evil that continues to battle a war already won by God through Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16, 17 NIV)

That doesn’t mean that God took evil out of the world, but that he made a way to brake us free of its hold on us in this life and most notably in the next. Mankind was given something that God didn’t impart to any other creation on earth- free will. How much greater is the love that chooses to love than those that act on pure instinct? This was the risk that God took with man, because His love for us was so great! Sadly, there are those that have chosen not to return that love to God or to those and that which He dearly loves.

We may feel powerless or see that such evil as unfair, the truth is that it is awful. We may not feel that we are able to do much, but what we can do in the midst of this tragedy is to remember our brothers and sisters in Boston who are closely affected by these events and others that just had their world knocked upside down.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7, 8 NIV)

To our Bostonian friends- we love you! Keep running the marathon marked out for you; we will be running alongside you all!!

If you are looking for a good church home in the greater Boston area, my old stomping ground was Community Of Faith Christian Fellowship. My friends there would love to connect with you!

Further Resources:

Mayor’s Hotline for family of victims:

617-635-4500

For anyone who has witnessed or otherwise may have
information of those responsible for the incident:

1 800-494-TIPS

Previous Loving Your Wife From A to Z Posts:

  1. A - Ask The Hard Questions
  2. B - Break up the Marital Monotony
  3. C - The Calming Effect
  4. D - Date Your Mate
  5. E - Enjoy Where You Are
  6. F - Friends
  7. G - Gravitating to Grace
  8. H - HandyMAN
  9. I - Integrity
  10. J - Jesus Centricity
  11. K - Kindle The Flame
  12. L – Lovescape

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