Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2013.04.17 What To Do In the Valley of the Shadow of Death?

Hold hands.

The Boston Marathon tragedy has many complex facets and remains incomprehensibly tragic. Even so, we seek actions, answers, and accountability. The fact is that there isn’t much to do but pray and hold hands and wait as more data roll in to enlighten. Enlightenment, however, is only half the truth, holiness the other. What happens in such holocausts is not reasonable, or explicable. It is only healed by love and borne in faith.

“Reason is the soul’s left hand, and faith her right, by these we reach divinity.”  John Donne

Right now we are summoning every reasonable resource we can to understand. As tomorrows accumulate, faith will clasp onto the hand of reason as together they unite to help us go on living and loving.

The soul that does not value human life is stunted; and the soul that does not value divine life is equally disabled.

One day the lion and the lamb will lie down together, and "a little child will lead them," according to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (11:6) A little one, perhaps like Martin Richard below, who died as the result of the bomb explosions at the marathon on Boston's celebration of Patriots Day.  Will we follow?