Sadly, today we added yet another tragic date to our history: 4/15
April 15, 2013 is now added to 9/11 as a "day of infamy," in that memorable phrase used by President Roosevelt when Pearly Harbor was bombed in 1941.
While facts are still sketchy, the two bombings at the Boston Marathon are surely acts of terrorism. Someone or group chose Income Tax Day and the Boston Marathon as the occasion to kill, maime, and create havoc across a large city.
As disciples of Jesus, we lift up our prayers and support for fellow Americans and visitors who have been killed, injured, and displaced. During this Easter Season we have our eyes fixed on our Risen Lord, and into his hands we commend all our affected brothers and sisters.
This latest act of terrorism rises up from evil. The explosions were calculated to go off exactly as large numbers of marathon runners were nearing the finish line, and many observers and friends were gathered.
May our prayers surround our brothers and sisters with comfort and strength.