Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
Mary Baker Eddy
Science and Health 17:5
Image 5/49: Hundreds of Northeastern University students gather in Hemenway Street to celebrate the capture of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston April 19. As news spread that police had captured Tsarnaev, the second man suspected of setting off two bombs on Monday at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 176, the streets of Boston and Watertown erupted into thunderous applause and cheers. Scott Eisen/Reuters
Boston Marathon 2013 … was God absent?
Posted April 16th, 2013 at 3:55 pm
*Photo – CSMonitor.com
That’s a very tough question. The news and everything we see would say, yes, definitely. And what’s more, evil is present and very active. But one man more than anyone else proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil does not have the power or presence it appears to have. That man, of course, was Christ Jesus.
Think with me for a minute about how he proved that God is not absent and that His power of good prevails right in the middle of evil. Jesus healed incurable diseases, stilled a destructive storm, and fed tons of people when there were few resources, certainly not enough to feed all the people. He brought complete peace and healing to people who were possessed with devils. And he raised the dying and dead to life, including himself.
I’ve often wondered what the point was of all this. Mary Baker Eddy, a world renowned religious leader and radical Christian thinker helps me see that Jesus was showing us the love of God that’s always present with us, even right where evil appears to be present and powerful. He was showing us a reality – or the reality – a power, a presence always at hand, always available, no matter what evil situation we encounter. Jesus proved evil to be powerless when God’s almighty, everpresent power was understandingly relied on.
Jesus viewed things through his innate God-given, Christly spiritual sense and told us we could do the same, through our own innate spiritual sense. He was the Wayshower, showing us the way to think and pray. He proved that there is hope and peace and good and healing right where evil appears to have power and presence.
What happened yesterday at the Boston Marathon will not make me lose hope in God. I am holding even tighter to the reality through prayer that God is here and now to bring healing (physical cure) to anyone injured, hope to those who feel hopeless, living waters of blessing to those who need shelter from the fear of a changed world. God is here bringing peace to those who might feel hate or anger and transformation to those who would be used to do evil acts. I pray to know that God, who is everlasting Life, maintains the eternal life of His creation, and is providing the balm of comfort, peace and strength to those hearts who have lost loved ones.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35, 37-39)
By Mark Unger