Boston Marathon Bombing Update
Processing the weeks events
It has been exactly one week since the marathon bombing and what an interesting week it has been to say the least! Several people have contacted us wondering how close we were to things, and if we are okay. So, we thought we would send out a general update and provide a lens into our experiences.
Many of you know that I (Tim) had surgery to correct a bunion on my left foot back in mid-February. The running joke since then had been "I guess I'm not running the Boston Marathon this year"!, which was pretty funny until Monday.
We were not down at the Marathon on Monday, but had friends from our Life Community (small group Bible study) who were at the finish line an hour before the bombs went off. Even though we were not there on Monday, we had been there before and it catches you. Why would people do this? For what purpose?
Finish line of the marathon shortly after the bombings
Then on Thursday evening, a police officer was killed on MIT's campus where we both work. At times Candy works in the Koch building, which is one of the buildings beside where the police officer was shot. I have stood waiting for a shuttle bus just feet from where the officer was slain.
On Friday, we woke up to a city wide manhunt in Watertown. We live in Waltham, which is just west of Watertown (where the shootout happened and the second suspect was apprehended). We were in lockdown mode on Friday, having to stay locked in our apartment. As our pastor shared on Sunday, "A few days ago we didn't know what 'shelter in place' meant, and now it is part of our shared experience". Another friend from our Life Community lives in Watertown, right between where the shootout in Watertown happened and the boat where they apprehended the second suspect; so she had swat teams come through her house and police combing through her neighborhood all day Friday.
Map of cities that were on lockdown on Friday
Swat team searching the streets of Watertown Friday
All in all we were safe and were never in any personal danger. We also do not personally know anyone who was killed or injured in the bombings. Many people, especially those who were close to the bombings and especially those who do not know Christ (have faith) are very shaken and unsettled. It will be interesting to see how people recover. As you probably saw on the news, people were very happy to know that the second suspect was apprehended.
Sunday at church we took time to remember. Here is a video link to a prayer that one of our pastors wrote in response to the weeks activities
We also closed the church service with the song God of our City by Chris Tomlin - Here is a link on YouTube with a special tribute towards Boston
I remember 9/11, while we were living out in Washington. It was tragic, and horrible, but did not really impact and affect me at the core; it was too far away. I think being closer to something like this helps me understand and appreciate the relative safety that we live in, and to have more compassion for those who each day face the uncertainty that another bombing or attack might happen anywhere and at any time. I can only now begin to imagine what that must feel like.
Some people have asked us if we think it is safe to be in Guatemala, and I can honestly say I have not yet experienced in Guatemala anything close to what we have experienced this week. Praise God.
In closing we rest in the words of scripture from Romans 8:35-39
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
â€œFor your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.â€
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers! We live in thought-provoking times.
Tim & Candy Weaver