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A Prayer for Those Hurt in Boston
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A Prayer for Those Hurt in Boston

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.

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  1. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    I think he was the runner who lost his left leg below the knee.I will pray for him and his family. Sports and politics don't mix. This better be the last time that they set off bombs, period! Us everyday people and everyday athletes, are not planning on living our lives in a mine field! What went on in Boston is very disturbing. Thank you for sharing Danny. Voted.
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  2. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Thanks for the votes, I got the money - I returned it, please donate to Red Cross or other concerned charity. Thanks.
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  3. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    I just found out the man's name - and he's in stable condition. Jeff Bauman, Jr. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/jeff-bauman-jr-both-legs-amputated-dad-says_n_3094882.html
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      At first, there was quite a confusion about who was in that picture the father also had the lower portion of his leg amputated. But both were bystanders watching Jeff Jr's gf run the marathon. It was most of the bystanders, supporters and people living near by who got injured and some died from their injuries. One was 8yo Martin.
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      1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
        Daniel Andrei Garcia
        Truly. There was even a picture of an 8 year old girl circulating on the internet saying that she was the victim - when in fact the 8 year old was a boy. These days, we live in the disinformation and misinformation age. We have to check facts before reposting and sharing stuff. That is why, when I write about sordid events like these, I use generalizations so as to ensure the veracity of what I write. There's an interesting post that I recently read - concerning possible suspects. Nothing conclusive, so no speculation. It just aroused my curiosity. As the level of detail in the report is quite telling. But again, verify information before believing: http://thenewsjunkie.com/4chan-users-post-convincing-evidence-pointing-at-bombing-suspects/
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        1. pftsusan
          pftsusan
          You really have to think about these things. The US government for years, "We got to hide them first. Opps they caught us. Now spill the beans. Back to we are not suppose to let this out. We want Americans getting back to the norm. Opps the news team found something out, If we don't tell them the truth now, we are going to be stuck in the middle of losing our jobs, facing possible sentences. Our government has been keep the secret. Shut the bag tight and protect us. Send Americans to live their lives (to avoid saying normal). When our enemies place us with our backs against the wall, we leak and then let American people know what the truth is. Right now the suspects that they are showing us, could very much be a ploy because they have the real ones involved in custudy. They don't want a whole hot war killing on both sides. In this case, research everything to get close to the truth. Just saying.
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  4. Eve Sherrill York
    They showed pictures of the three young people who lost their lives this evening on the news. So sad. One had just graduated, another a teen I think and then the little boy.My heart goes out to this man who lost his leg and his family. And after reading pftsusan's comment I have to say we may be living in a mine field whether we want to or not. From what they said on the news tonight they may have the person or people who did this now so that is good. Hope there aren't more out there. Great blog! Voted.
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    1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
      Daniel Andrei Garcia
      you know what they say: always look for the helpers
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      1. Eve Sherrill York
        yes, ever vigilant.
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  5. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    An update pic on Jeff Bauman Jr. who lost both his legs https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=537469842970608&set=a.487818097935783.126699.487817777935815&type=1&theater Just cut and paste the link in your browser.
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    1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
      Daniel Andrei Garcia
      This is just awesome. Sharing this. How are the other victims btw?
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      1. pftsusan
        pftsusan
        There were three who died from their wounds. The 1st was 8 y/o Martin and I do think about him and the intense pain that he went through while fighting for his life the last few hours. He had most of his life ahead of him. Sad and very hard on his parents. The second one was a college girl, who was standing near the finish line to get pics of the runners, crossing. She was also doing this for her course. She died for her injuries on Tuesday. i didn't get who the third one was, but there were three. Over 150 casualties. For others who lost their legs, they have to go through surgeries like Jeff, too because their organs have to be replaced or fixed for them to survive. I'm running two miles in remembrance of them today.
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