Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston.

My heart is aching today. There is so much hate and evil in our world.

I do not watch the news at all or listen to the radio much, so I typically find out about things like this through social media. Like many of you, it makes me sick to my stomach to hear about these types of tragedies.

Every tragedy breaks my heart for the families who are impacted- especially thinking about bringing precious children into this world. Watching them grow up in these times…thinking about how I will explain things like this when they are old enough to know what is going on…it’s just scary. But I will say, nothing really surprises me anymore. As disgusting and horrific as it is, I am sad to say that I am not shocked. We live in a world that desperately needs Jesus.

Running a marathon is one of the coolest experiences of my life. SO MUCH preparation, hard work, determination, & dedication went into the training.

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For me, running a marathon was SO MUCH MORE than a 26.2 mile race. It taught me a lot….and after running one, it really made me believe I can truly do ANYTHING. I think that’s part of why I feel so confident about natural childbirth. Of course it’s very different, but both of them are more of a mental & spiritual thing than a physical one in my opinion. Running a marathon showed me how mentally tough I can be, and allowed me to truly rely on God to help me through something because it was so much bigger than me.  It was THE COOLEST moment crossing that finish line and seeing Jonathan there to cheer me on and give me a hug. He was so proud of me. And it was such a moment of personal triumph in my life. For a moment that should be so exciting and joyful to turn into such tragedy & fear…

Putting myself back in that moment, it just makes me sick to think about Boston…

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I’m honestly at a loss for words, & almost didn’t write anything about it. But my heart aches for the running community, for the city, for the families, for the individuals, & for our nation, so I wanted to write something.

Praying for those who were injured; for those who lost their life; and for the family members who are mourning.

Praying for our nation.

Praying that I have a heart to boldly share the Gospel with others.

And praying that I show all of my loved ones DAILY how much I love them and am thankful for them.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said. It is such a tragedy.

Kae Schumacher said...

Agreed...so sad... a complete tragedy. I know two runners who were there and luckily they were okay....

Nikki Devaux said...

Thank you for writing about Boston. I live outside the city, and attended the marathon for 11 years. This was the only year I did not go. My friends were all at Forum, a restaurant where the bomb went off. They were blown back by the blast, but are okay. One of acquaintances lost his legs. This morning the area is on lockdown, because the terrorist is loose in the area. It's a very scary time, and I agree that we are a country that needs Jesus. I hope you will all keep Boston and the state of Massachusetts in your prayers.