Our Hope in the midst of Evil – The Boston Marathon

Woman praying near bomb site – Boston Globe

On April 15, 2013, EVIL struck in the form of bombings at the Boston Marathon. EVIL abounds in our world today. Yet we respond, regroup, survive and go on. How can we do this? My Pastor and friend responded in a message to our congregation:

Dear Living Word Family,

Once again we have seen the very gates of hell. Each and every one of us has been wounded, violated; indeed we have all died at least a little watching with horror the festering evil that transpired today in Boston. If you are a human being, you could not possibly watch those scenes with dry eyes. The killing and wounding of so many precious people is bound to make you, as it did me, angry, disgusted, and saddened beyond our ability to communicate. The wretched horror of it all grips our throats with a clammy grasp and seems to squeeze the very life breath out of us.

What kind of evil could even conceive of doing something so sinister?

Life in this broken world does seem to seal tombs, bury hopes, and nail dreams to rough hewn crossbeams. Certainly the events like the attack upon Boston can make us question our faith—in fact I would say SHOULD make us question our faith. Where is God in the face of such evil, such pain? Christian author Frederick Buechner reminds us that different religions offer different theories, but Christianity does not offer any theoretical solution to evil at all. Christianity merely points to the cross and says that there is no evil so dark and so obscene, not even this, that God cannot enter in and bring about healing, bring about love.

In Jesus, we see proof positive that love overcomes the vilest evil that hell can dish out. In Jesus we see clearly that evil may hold the day, but for the forces of evil and hatred, even now, all is lost. Remember, evil claimed victory on Good Friday; but the next Sunday morning proved that evil LOST. Love wins, love always wins.

The clenched fist is a symbol of hatred, fear and violence. To be sure, the world today lives under the shadow of huge fists. But the world’s hope lay in the open, nail-pierced hands of Jesus Christ. Jesus reaches out to us with hands painfully open, and in His reaching, we find hope. In His reaching, we find strength. In His reaching, we find life.

Darkness is all around us, but in the very midst of the world’s most suffocating darkness, Jesus is there—so hope, real hope, the kind of hope you can bet your life on is there, and will always be there, no matter how deep the darkness, no matter how vile the evil. In the very face of tragedies like this, as followers of Jesus, we need to not only remind ourselves, but live so that others can see the truth that no matter what, Jesus is with us, so there is always HOPE. Please join me in praying for the victims and the families and the rescue workers in Boston.

Michael McIntyre
Lead Pastor, Living Word United Methodist Church

Our HOPE, our SECURITY, our FUTURE and our SALVATION lie in Jesus Christ.


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6 Responses to Our Hope in the midst of Evil – The Boston Marathon

  1. We live in the darkness of this world and all its evil, but praise God for the REALITY that He “has delivered us from the POWER of the darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of His Son” Colossians 1:13.

    Even though we have been delivered from its power, we are still greatly affected by its evil when things like this happen. Our hearts go out to all who are living this horror at the front line, and especially those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured and suffered in any way. We pray for them. We pray for emergency workers and medical staff, and we pray for those involved in planning and implementing this tragedy.

    • From coast to coast Americans have pitched in to come to the aid of those directly impacted by this evil. We have done the same with the tragedy in West, Texas. Its who we Americans are. By the grace of God, it is what we Americans do!

      • It is what we Aussies do too. Bundaberg was hit by the worst flood in recorded history earlier this year. 7500 people were evacuated, more than 1500 by helicopter from rooftops. 3000 homes and businesses were inundated with many being demolished. Thousands are left with nothing. Much infrastructure was demolished, with sink holes in roads, bridges down, sewerage and water pipes destroyed and power lines down. Bundaberg received help from all over Australia.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    I know who holds tomorrow and so too everyone whose faith is in Jesus Christ

  3. Pingback: Our Hope in the midst of Evil – The Boston Marathon - WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS CENTRAL

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