I don't know this man's name, but suffice to say that on that fateful Monday morning, his life will forever be changed, as will thousands of others, who participated in the Boston Marathon of 2013.
As I browse the various news websites, blogs and twitter feeds, I can't help but feel that so many willingly create disinformation, spread rumors and at times, outright lies to further their gains. It is not my intention to add to that stream further.
I just want to focus on the things that really matter.
In these times of tragedy and with the magnification of interconnectedness that technology offers, praying has become a hashtag synonymous to empty words that have no bearing.
We make slogans like: "#PrayforBoston" without really thinking about what we should pray for.
Now, I am not a religious man, nor do I bear any claim of knowing the infinite, but I do know about the power of words specially in prayer.
Thoughts laid out in paper have their own differences with those of the verbally spoken word. I believe that one can lead to the other and with the right persuasion, eventually, something good could come out with words that bear the good.
The man in the picture is a victim.
I have no clue of whether he survived or not. I do not even know his name. If he survived, he could be facing a future on a wheelchair or artificial prosthetics.
I am enjoining you today, to just pray, not just for this man, but for the good. Turn away from the screen and say with heartfelt words what is truly in your heart. For me, it is simply this:
- For those who are heartbroken, strength.
- For those who are anguished, peace.
- For those are hurting, justice and fortitude.
- For the grieving, comfort.
Any action that you want to take after that, is up to you.