The Enduring Kindness of Boston

The kind woman who gave Kit his medal

The kind woman who gave Kit his medal

Good Night, God!

There are so many kind people in Boston . . . this woman didn’t just hand Kit his Boston Marathon medal, she placed it around his neck with a hug. The yellow bags in the background were the clothing bags that the runners couldn’t pick up the day the Marathon was stopped by two bomb blasts.

The next day everywhere we went people came up to Kit to tell him how sorry they were. They hoped he would come back next year. The manager at a California Pizza Kitchen comped us our lunch. McDonalds had stayed open all night with free food for the emergency workers.

Then this morning Kit and I and our hostess Lucy watched from her home on Cape Cod the Interfaith Service at the Holy Cross Cathedral. Each speaker hit just the note. But it was our President who said the words I remember best. He called the bombers “small and stunted” and they are. Only small and stunted people harm the innocent.

They are not monsters. They are small, stunted and lost in the Darkness. And as one of the speakers said — Darkness does not put out Darkness — only Light can put out Darkness. So then, we are called to be Lights in this World of ours.

We are called, God, to let Your Light flow through us. Called to reach out to our fellow human beings — extending respect, extending compassion, extending love.

Please, God, help us to overcome evil with Good!

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