Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Faith in Humanity: 5 Favorites (Moxie Wife Link Up)

All this week my thoughts have been drifting back and forth between the daily duties of motherhood and the devastation that took place in Boston on Monday.  News of the event sent a flood of emotions deep into my core.  The gamut of emotions from inexpressible sorrow to fiery anger has left me on my knees at the foot of the cross, where the One who Himself endured and understands the horror of pain that erupts from the viciousness of evil can console me.  I beg Him to conquer this evil, to bring light to the darkness, knowing all the while that it has to be done through us, through the warriors, through the loving ones, through the helpers, and we will need an unfathomable amount of grace and strength to be the good, the change we all wish to see in the world.

No marathon is ever really about running - no race in life ever is.  Running is about people and the everlasting beauty and strength of the human spirit.  How profound was the demonstration of that spirit after the bombing as bystanders and runners alike, united in their desire to help others, immediately sought out the needy, the weak, the injured, the devastated offering everything they had, donating blood, tears and compassion to friends and strangers.

Witnessing the pure sacrificial love of humanity during the events on Monday strengthens my belief that there is good in the world, and that we must hold each other up in that good.  
Here are my 5 Favorites (thank you, Halle, from Moxie Wife) this week - all of them reflections of the beautiful fruits, the well-springs of hope that are rising, and will continue to rise from the ashes of Boston....
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This print was posted on the blog Another Mother Runner {Steph Lawson's Etsy Store}.  I am more inspired now than ever to run the Oklahoma City Marathon on Sunday, April 28th.
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The helpers, the beautiful, beautiful helpers.  Be one for someone today.
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I sobbed when I saw Martin's photo on Facebook, longing to reach out and hold my own 8 year old son, George, who also made his First Holy Communion on Sunday.  This was the message attached to the photo:
Picture of Martin who recently celebrated his First Communion. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Join us in praying for the repose of the soul of 8 year old Martin Richard. Keep his family in your prayers.
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Thank you, Pope Francis.  You are here, now, for a reason. We need you.  Lead us.
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1 comment:

  1. To all of those....Amen! It was such a tragedy. And all our prayers go out to all of those affected physically, mentally, and spiritually. (And yay for your next marathon! You go do it!)


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