A day that should highlight the beautiful potential of the human body and spirit has turned into a day of terror in Boston. Just after 3 pm today, two explosions shattered lives at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. So far, reports say that two people have been killed, including one 8-year-old child, with at least another 120 injured, many of them losing limbs.
Heartbreaking, awful, sad, scary … really there are no words. We’re following this story of what looks to be an act of terrorism, and will update on it tomorrow, but in the meantime, an excellent place to keep abreast of developments is the HuffingtonPost live blog and this live blog at CNN.com.
In the meantime, I offer this Martin Luther King quote that someone shared just now in my Facebook feed: “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
A sick person (or several) unleashed horrible pain, suffering and fear on his or her fellow human beings today. But also, today, thousands of people, from amazing athletes finishing their umpteenth marathon to first timers breaking a personal goal, took part in an endurance sport for which they’re been training for months, for years. Not just Americans, but people from all over the world, with even more people lining the streets to cheer them on. And when disaster struck, SO MANY hundreds of people rushed to help — from bystanders to police to Boston Marathon volunteers. And so many, many MANY more who are not in Boston are reading the news and sharing their support via social media.
My heart is with all the good people of Boston, and all the good people of the world who are sending prayers and love to those stricken. We are bigger, and greater, than those who would have us focus on fear, and terror, and darkness.