The Boston bombing has me so emotional. First of all I want to say I cannot even begin to understand what those at the finish experienced, though I imagine it was just horrible.
I think of the boy who was killed, there to watch his dad finish the race….and he lost his life. His mom, she has suffered some serious injuries, I heard brain, not sure but my heart aches – does she know her beautiful boy is gone or her sweet girl has lost a leg. The little sister lost one leg potentially going to lose both…and then you have the dad, the amazing athlete who trained hard and qualified to run Boston’s 26.2 miles. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who train for a marathon, takes total commitment and for Boston, you have to be fast. This poor dad, please pray for him, I am worried for him that he will have some kind of guilt….like its his fault he was running this race and there was his family, so innocent and sadly impacted. Its not your fault dad.
I think of the other victims. When you lose someone you love its very hard. This was so unexpected.
I think of those in the hospitals especially ICU. Very hard on the families, I have had 3 of my family go into ICU – wonderful care, but full of many restrictions and its quiet and scary for visitors. 2 of the 3 of my family did not leave the hospital. Often times when a loved one is critical, many decisions have to made quickly with very little time for research – you are relying on the words of the caretakers. I pray for wisdom for those caretakers and for the families to have peace with whatever decisions they have had to make or will make.
And for the runners. A person doesn’t just run the Boston Marathon, it takes months – maybe years to qualify. It takes persistence and drive and meeting a goal. It takes sacrifice from the families often during training. I read a few less than nice comments on social media about how selfish they were for commenting they were sad they were not allowed to finish. OF COURSE THEY WERE SAD, that worked hard to get there. Certainly it doesn’t mean they don’t discount the lives of those lost or injured, its honest to say for all their hard work the bomber robbed them of the experience to finish what they worked so hard for. SIGH.
And though I know no one personally, I will say, emotionally when I think of all this, I am a mess.
Again I have no where near been through what those on sight or their families are experiencing, but I know with some sad events in my life I have had to face… my heart aches for them.
I was so happy to see this tweet from the American Red Cross Today. American Red Cross
” Be patient w yourself and those around u. Recognize people may need time to put feelings, thoughts in order. #BostonMarathon”
Let’s all cut each other some slack. While many of us were not there, you have no idea what memories or emotions this tragic event causes. Peace everyone!
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