This afternoon, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed, and many more were injured.
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke about what it feels like when God seems absent in tragedies like this. That creature who comes to challenge my faith in times like this has arrived, as I am sure it has arrived for many others.
With glee, the thing reminds me that this is not the only sorrow facing our nation or our world. Many thousands of people died today, many of them unjustly, many of them gruesomely, many of them anonymously. And it asks today, as it has so many other times, where is God?
The purpose of this e-mail is not to throw more dogma at the question. Like many before me, I’ve already done that. Instead, I want to create an opportunity for us to stare down the creature together.
From now on, when we can, I’d like to open the church for prayer following major tragedies. Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 16), we can.
Mosaic will be open between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. PUSH will be in the auditorium, so we’ll pray instead in the lounge across from the main entrance. If you cannot come, please pray with us wherever you are.
Pray for the victims, their friends and families, rescue workers, and all involved. We ought also to pray for the perpetrators. Pray for protection. Pray for mercy. Pray for love and peace to reign. Pray for the Kingdom to take root, to grow, and to go to seed.
Eloquence is unnecessary. Even your voice is optional. All that is required is compassion and the smallest speck of faith. Together we will preach the light of God’s presence into the dark lie of his absence.
God’s peace to each of you,
(photo credit: _rockinfree)