Jogging A Week After the Boston Marathon Bombing

I knew there was going to be a moment of silence today at 1:50pm (Central time) and I very much wanted to be a part of it. So during my lunch break I left the office to jog through downtown Nashville. I love afternoon jogs in the spring because I don’t have to wear layers of clothing, there are lots of people outdoors enjoying the elements, and I have time to think. Most of my thoughts today were consumed by a pretty girl in Franklin, Tennessee, but a couple of other thoughts stood out as well. One: I relate more to Taylor Swift than Carrie Underwood. At least, their songs. Whatever, that’s neither here nor there. The second thought occurred at the worst time, right when I was most exhausted. The cinnamon challenge. The teenage fad is this; trying to eat a spoonful of cinnamon as fast as possible. Evidently, it’s very difficult due to the nature of cinnamon. So as I was gasping for air near the end of my run, I thought about a spoonful of cinnamon which didn’t help me at all.

But then at 1:50pm all that was history. I stopped in my tracks and for 1 minute, I stood in place and prayed for all the people affected by the Boston bombing, especially the ones that lost someone they love. So because the three that died can no longer run, and quite a few others are probably in that same boat now, I didn’t run. For a whole minute. Then at 1:51pm I took off. Call it my little way of pausing to honor those who’ve suffered followed up by running hard to honor those who’ve suffered.

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Boston Marathon Bombing: Loving Enemies

“Love your enemies.”

Talk about radical teaching, but even on a day like today makes me love Jesus more. Because how many people today, how many religions right now, anywhere in the U.S. or the world, are thinking, “I really want to find those responsible for the Boston Marathon explosions and love on them”?  But not just love in general, but love for the very person or people that thrive on hate! Maybe a few religions teach this and that’s cool. But man, Jesus did this even when it was difficult. Whether you align yourself with him or not, he lived what he taught- even when he was dying on a cross he was praying for the soldiers as they mocked him. Not to mention, he’s the only one no one can find. Where’s his body? But anyway, I’ll stop. Back to the current events. 

We live in crazy world. I overhead a co-worker today ask another, “Why can’t we just be sweet to each other?” Couldn’t have said it better myself. I mean, at this point it hasn’t been determined who set up the Boston Marathon explosions or why, but come on, people. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news (sarcasm here), but hate (or resentment like the quote below) will eat you up and will never, ever fill up what’s missing in your life. Events like this also help the rest of us onlookers re-evaluate what really matters. These are scary times. Spend time with those you love, and like Switchfoot asked so many years ago, “This is your life, are you who you want to be?” Now’s the time to go be it.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
-Anne Lamott

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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