In light of the tragedy that took place earlier this week at the Boston Marathon, I was overwhelmed with grief and sadness as was most of our nation, who helplessly watched and prayed from our TV sets as news outlets revealed that explosives, left in terrorist form (and BTW we pray for a swift and successful investigation from authorities as they seek out who was responsible for this indescribable act), killed 3 and injured 150+ innocent people who were celebrating one of the great Bostonian traditions, the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon.
Tragedy in our life so often carries with it feelings of devastation, mourning, and grief as it feels like hell is literally unfolding in our lives (if you’ve experienced tragedy, then you know these feelings to be true). No one wants tragedy attached to our lives…we so often pray that the days we have on this earth in our personal lives are days that are free from tragedy. I know that this is something that we can never guarantee, sadly.
However, it is so interesting to me, how we as Americans bounce back from even the darkest of situations. I was watching a video (and I provided it below at the end of this blog – it’s WELL WORTH the watch) that took place in Boston, yesterday at the Boston Bruins Hockey Game right before they dropped the puck in their game against the Buffalo Sabres…when they took a moment to honor the victims of the bombings and began to sing the National Anthem, but this time, the star of the moment wasn’t the chosen singer with the microphone, it was those gathered in attendance who sang at such a level, they literally drowned out the singer who in response could do nothing but enjoy the moment with them by proudly dropping the mic and singing as everyone else was. It was a TRULY POWERFUL moment! They were BELTING IT OUT with the loud tones of pride and perseverance…it was so inspiring to watch…and couldn’t help but tear up as I listened.
The National Anthem is something that we know by heart, it’s something we sing all of the time in this nation. But, have you ever read the words, carefully? The song in itself is a song that defines perseverance through tragedy and literally declares triumph through tough times:
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Just reading those words, give me chills…chills of pride…chills of perserverance…chills of honor that I live in the greatest nation on earth that was birthed by persevering or rebounding through tragedy. A nation that doesn’t back down to any form of opposition…a nation that exemplifies Galatians 6:9 ‘And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.’
No matter what trial comes our way…no matter what tragedy may strike our lives…I am in a nation that teaches me that there is NOTHING that we can’t rebound from. Thank you Boston, for reminding me of that. You continue to have my prayers, as well as the prayers of my family and my church!