Just about everyone in America with access to a television has kept up with the stories and images of the bombing in Boston and its aftermath. Fear, death, injury, help, courage, manhunt, chaos, lockdown, relief, end.
The stories have been riveting. They have been moving. They have been frightening.
They have also expressed deep love.
In the seconds after the explosion, people responded with first aid.
Residents and businesses along the marathon route welcomed complete strangers in, providing a place for runners to rest and rehydrate, lending cell phones and computers for them to contact their families and friends.
Hospitals that had prepared for running injuries had to open trauma centers. They saved lives, kept loved ones informed.
Neighbors checked on each other during the lockdown and shared what they had.
When life comes to a standstill, opportunities open.
Whether it is a horrific accident in Texas, an earthquake in China, or a bomb in Baghdad or Boston, love is what’s called for.
Jesus, only hours before his arrest and execution, saw terror looming on the horizon. At the meal he shared with his friends, he could have told them all sorts of things about being careful, staying away from danger. Instead, he said this: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
As we are still living into our Easter faith, may it be so with all of us.
© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2013