“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” ~ Tori Amos
Today is a somber anniversary in Boston, MA. A year ago today two people decided to bomb the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 260 others. In recent days there have been a number of articles and news stories about the victims and their healing process. It’s going.
Healing is a long process, and for major trauma of this type, it can sometimes be a lifelong process. As most people know, the healing process is never strictly a linear progression forward. It’s often a series of two steps forward, one step back, another step forward, hold. A step forward, two steps back. But then slowly, the steps forward consistently outnumber the steps back This is true of physical healing as well as mental healing, and the folks in Boston need both. Not all the victims of the bombing were at the actual bomb site.
I join my prayers with the millions of others who pray because I very much believe that prayer is a tangible source of help and support for anyone, anywhere.
I pray for the healing not only of the victims and the people of Boston, but of all Americans who allowed this bombing to lodge fear and hatred in their hearts. These two emotions are caustic to humans, for both our bodies and souls. Resist allowing them in your life. I know how difficult this is; believe me, I do. But living with fear and hatred is just another victory for those who will perpetrate and support evil.
Drumming up fear and hatred in people is another way for the Evil Side to control people. Now when I capitalize that, I don’t mean to imply that there’s an organization masterminding everything. But I do believe in the basic dichotomy of Good and Evil. I don’t like to say Dark/Light because good things happen in the dark and bad things happen in the light, so using those terms can make people discount things they shouldn’t be discounting.
And I do believe that there is a battle going on, but not on dogmatic lines. I do know that Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, pagans, atheists, people from all ethnicities, whatever label you want to choose or path you want to follow, all can be working on the same side. Work from love, you’re on the side of good. Work from hate, you’re on the other side. And while I believe it’s a battle, it’s one I know Good with ultimately win.
Why? Because Good is ultimately stronger than Evil and Love is our most important weapon. Love is Good in tangible form.
Part of healing is recognizing that this tragedy was not the work of an entire group of people of one belief or ethnicity. It was primarily the work of two people, steeped in hate, who allowed evil and its manifestation, hate, to control their lives. Evil tried to engage in battle that day, and in spite of all the damage it did cause, it did not win. People are healing. It will lose the battles, and it will lose the war.