In Boston, evil will have a face. Perhaps more than one face.
And when evil becomes a face, the image burns deep into our flesh.
Because the face of evil, the one or ones who hate, look like us.
And that hurts.
We cry with those who cry and cry out. We war in prayer, yet sorrow in our helplessness to save each other from the wounds of hate.
For you, the victims, and your loved ones.
For the ones who carried the broken, who held a hand, whispered words of hope, and tied sweaty shirts around bloody limbs.
For your loss, your pain, your sorrow, your trauma, your memories.
Because LOVE has a face. And it is us, together, weeping with those who weep. Praying for those who need prayer. Holding hands and whispering words of hope. Binding up your wounds as best we can.
LOVE has a face.
A human one.
And our faces cannot be hidden or destroyed by evil.
We will keep loving. Keep living. Keep praying. Keep fighting.
We’ll keep on running the race.
With you . . . to win.
This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:12-18 MSG
April 15, 2013