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The Tragedy with Tragedy – How the Boston Marathon Bombing Is Effecting Me

Posted on: April 15, 2013

As reports of the Boston Marathon bombing keep pouring in, my heart is heavy. My family has stood at numerous finish lines waiting for me to cross and I can’t help but wonder, what if this happened to us?

Running is my release, my happy place, my passion. And today that was torn away. A senseless act has put fear in my heart. Fear of the finish line, fear of running. While watching about Boston, my mind wondered to the tragedy of Newtown just four month ago. Another senseless act that put fear in my heart.

My children aren’t safe in their schools.

I’m not safe while running.

Fear. Overwhelming fear.

That’s the tragic part of tragedy. It puts fear in us. Fear that was never there before. It makes us suspicious and doubtful. It makes us grow weary. Quietly, this verse came to mind.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

I can’t say that I won’t be fearful when I cross my next finish line. I can’t say that there won’t be suspicious and doubt lingering in my heart when I run. But of this I am certain – Fear will not reign over me, because God reigns over me. He has strengthened me. He has helped me. He is upholding me. No shooter, no bomber, no tragedy can ever change that.

Fear will not reign over me, because God reigns over me. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to Boston and the runners. You’re in my heart sweet folks, stay strong.

If you live in the Boston area, here are places you can donate blood.

3 Responses to "The Tragedy with Tragedy – How the Boston Marathon Bombing Is Effecting Me"

Yes, that fear can be crippling. Love how you are clinging to the truth that we know is true. God reigns over us. Fear will not reign over us.

Oh Sarah, I’m with you. I was crushed over the news and while I haven’t done a full marathon (yet) I know that feeling of having the family waiting at the finish line of a run. The whole tragedy was a little too “close to home” for me. I’m so thankful they got the people responsible for it though. And like you, I’ll choose not to live in fear. For God didn’t give me a spirit of fear, but of sound body and mind. 🙂

So well written! Fear can be so crippling, but God reigns! Not fear.

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