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My dear friends,
My heart has been breaking as I’ve continued to follow the tragic unfolding of the marathon bombing and its aftermath. I wish I could be with you tonight and join in this service of sadness and solidarity.
Please know that here in Iraq the news of Boston’s tragedy has struck a deep chord with many people, and many Iraqis send their caring thoughts and loving prayers. Iraq is a land that knows too well the pain of shattered innocence that a bomb can bring. In talking about Boston’s bombing with Iraqis today, they spoke of the deep reserve of strength that Boston and her people will discover in the hours and days to come. May be this be so.
My prayer for you is that you will hold your loved ones close, look into their eyes, speak gentle words, and treasure the blessings found in your relationships and friendships. I pray, too, that you will reach out with love to those you don’t know but who may need to be reminded that people are good and kind. Be the face, hands, and voice of that kindness.
Lastly, I pray that you remember that there is a power stronger than any fear, greater than any destruction, and more enduring than any tragedy—and that power is known as Love. This is the power we invoke when we sing, “Spirit of life, come unto me, sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.” Love is what binds up the broken. Love is what wipes away our tears.
My friends, may the spirit of life and love be with you as you remember the victims and their families and friends.
May the spirit of life and love be with all those working to restore peace and safety to our streets.
May the spirit of life and love hold our children when they are with us and when we send them out into the world.
May the spirit of life and love give you courage and hope in these days to come.
And may the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on.
Blessed be. Amen.