We Must Keep Running ~ After Boston Marathon Bombings
As we are all reflecting upon the tragic events of the recent Boston Marathon bombings, I am thinking about my own family as well since I am an avid runner and frequently participate in marathons and other various running events. Unfortunately, in these uncertain times, it’s not so hard to fathom that a tragedy like this could have happened just as easily at other marathons I have completed in the past. For a moment I did consider if I should continue to participate in future marathons, given the obvious safety concerns that have been brought to light since the bombings.
This act of premeditated terrorism intentionally attacked a wholesome, family event that attracted people from all over the globe. The intent of terrorist acts is to threaten and instill fear into society until those that are attacked surrender to certain ideals (or to fear itself) to avoid the threat happening again. Essentially, if we let fear rule over our everyday activities, the terrorists win. We must not let these acts of violence keep us from continuing on with our lives.
Tragedy happens every day and can happen at any time. We are not guaranteed one second on this earth. It is by the grace of God that we take our next breath. Life is a gift. We must keep running. We must endure the race that is before us.
“I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:13-14).
My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families. I will continue to run to keep the spirit of perseverance and their memories alive.