Patriots' Day

All of America is in shock today, grieving for the three people killed in a double bomb blast in Boston. At least 176 others were injured, some severely enough to lose limbs. All of us here at Time of Grace join our hearts with the individuals and their families who are hurting right now.

We know from Scripture that there is such evil in the world because Satan is still alive, roaming and wrecking. Sometimes he pretends to be our friend, whispering his lies and empty promises. But sometimes he outs himself, showing that his great desire is to hurt God by hurting God’s children. Indeed, one of the victims was a child, an 8-year-old boy. So cruel and sadistic were the bomb makers that they filled their bombs with ball bearings and BBs to maximize the damage to people’s bodies.

Our minds stagger at the heartlessness and cruelty. Some individuals thought of the people in that race and crowd as mere things, objects, to use for their personal anger agenda, whatever that might be.

These sad events compel us to cry to the Lord for justice and help. They remind us of how short our lives can be and how urgent is the mission of the church: to help connect people with their Savior Jesus so that through his forgiveness and victory over death, we too have the confidence of resurrection to eternal life.

Our voices rise to heaven for healing and justice along with King David’s voice in Psalm 27:

“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. . . . For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. . . . I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

Will you pray with me?

Heavenly Father, great Judge of all, you bring justice where there seems to be none, and you hold the whole world accountable for all our actions. Bring to justice, at your good time, the evil people who perpetrated this massacre. We are under satanic attack in these last days and need the protection of your holy angels more and more. Bring safety and security back to our streets.

Lord Jesus, great Healer of mind and body and spirit, look with mercy on all who were wounded in this horrific attack and bring health and soundness back to their bodies and souls. Grant skill to the medical professionals tending the wounded so that no more will die, and restore them all to their families and lives. Find a way to bring comfort to the families of those who were slain.

Holy Spirit, use this dreadful occasion to bring about a revival of faith in our Savior Jesus. Remind us all how uncertain and short life can be. Now is the time to repent of sin and believe in Jesus’ forgiveness. Now is the time to comfort and encourage one another that ultimately only the Lord is our light and salvation. Make something good come out of this horror.

Triune God, we trust in you, praying in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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