Prayers, thoughts and love go out to the victims, first responders, and everyone involved in this horrible tragedy. Everyone handles grief and tragedy in different ways. Some lash out in anger, trying to find someone or something to blame as the root of the problem. Some choose to see only the good in humanity and think positive thoughts. Some choose silence and prayer as a vigil and respect to those affected. No one way is right or wrong to feel. Feelings are exclusive to the person feeling them, and they are entitled to cry, be angry, pray, be positive, or any number of things.
For me this is a time to remember where my faith lies. I am not too religious these days, for my own reasons. But, I will always have my faith and I believe in love and kindness. I have learned about love from the Bible and the church when I was younger. As I got older, it became about a personal relationship with God. God and I aren’t too close these days, although I will never deny he exists because of what he has personally shown me in my walk of faith.
I’m not here to preach. This isn’t some religious contest or an opportunity to win anyone over.
No, today I want to talk about the condition of the heart. Everyone has one, but not everyone’s heart is conditioned to love, acceptance, and tolerance. Some people have a darkness within that is unfathomable to anyone how they are able to function. They do not fit a certain stereotype, it goes beyond that. Their spirit is the unseen force of evil that is hidden until it snaps, lashing out to anyone and everyone around.
It is impossible to understand why someone would do something so horribly cold-hearted. No one can explain it because only the person or people who did this horrendous act knows the condition of their own heart. Maybe it was so dark they didn’t feel.
One thing is for certain. The world needs more love and kindness. I have faith in humanity, but only to a certain extent. I have faith in God, but sometimes feel like it’s not enough because I am also just as cynical about religion. This world has made me more hard and cynical over time, but I am thankful to still be able to feel love. Give love. My heart isn’t dark, but full of light. I may have some dark corners, but most people do.
Not everyone has all that time though. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to test the true condition of a person’s heart, and time is cut short. That’s the reality. I believe our bodies are only vessels with a soul within. This gives me hope that not only the memory of the victims in Boston will live on, but their soul lives on in Heaven. Some may think I’m delusional, uninformed, or crazy. So be it.
As I meditate on the lives lost and affected today I wonder how this body of mine can help another in need during this tragedy. I am nowhere near Boston, but I have faith people are there helping, and those small acts of kindness will negate the evil in the world.
Let’s all continue to hope, reach out, find a way to help others in everyday life and look beyond ourselves even through our own struggles. Pay it forward. Let’s move beyond paralyzing fear and take action to show kindness and love to these people who are hurting and suffering.
Here is a primary example of how someone can help:
Writer and Producer Andrea J. Spencer will be hand delivering cards to the hospital directly to the victims of this tragedy. For more info and to be a part of this act of kindness, visit her FB page HERE.