Literally moments after I published “Step by Step”, I became aware of the tragedy in Boston. While I am still walking in my shoes here in Wisconsin, I immediately asked myself what new steps I could take to appease the horror of what happened. So I want to point out the many shoes of the Saints of Boston, who used their shoes to bring help, comfort, hope, healing and many more unbelievable qualities to those affected by the bomb at the marathon. The response of what happened after the tragedy is proof positive that good does outweigh evil. The evil actions of one can not quell the goodness of the many, that is the most important memory I want to take away from this tragedy. Hopefully it will be what the rest of the world sees as well…that we are not the axis of evil that our enemies portray us to be, but strong, brave and compassionate human beings. America is defined by those people who ran to the victims and offered their help. Our pride is reflected in the eyes of those people who stood together singing our National Anthem at the Bruins game. That is the America that I want to stand up and get noticed…not a blood lust for revenge.
While it is understandable to feel rage after being bombarded over and over again with news of violence, like those Saints in Boston we have to hold on to that same source of goodness that drove them so we don’t let vengeance rule the day. In all truthfulness, I am disgusted by some of the idiotic commentary on social media escalating the blood lust for retribution or even linking our president or the government to the growing tide of violence that has swept our country. I am tired of anger, paranoia and panic being the exemplifying qualities that define America. We are better and stronger than that. When we let the few who have committed heinous acts intensify our distrust of one another, then we accept defeat. I would venture to say most Americans are like those Saints in Boston and it is the voice of those reasonable people who must guide us forward…not those that feed our fear of the government and each other. Grieving belongs to us, vengeance belongs to God.
I pray for peace and justice, for reasonable and level heads to move us forward. As always, first and foremost, I pray that we champion love.