“Dear Boston…You’re Not Being Punished”


We are all reeling from the recent attack on Boston, and none of us more than the victims and the people who live there.  We are praying, we are wondering, we are trying to understand.  And in this trying to understand I am hearing people say, “It’s because people have shut God out of their lives.”  I could not disagree more.

The very last thing anyone needs who has been hit by any sort of tragedy is to be made to feel as though they deserve it, or that their town deserves it, or their country deserves it.  No one deserves it.  No one.  And what is more, I don’t see people shutting God out of their lives the way that others seem to be seeing that.  I am seeing quite the opposite.

Everywhere I turn I hear more and more people talking openly about spiritual matters.  And more than that, I witness people acting in ways that the God that I choose to love would be proud of.  The only thing that I see that is not, in my opinion, “God-like” is when I hear people saying that these acts of terror are the consequences of people not praying enough, not believing enough, and not all going to the same church.

To comfort children during times of tragedy, Fred Rogers told them to “look for the people who are helping.”  Everywhere there are people who are helping.  There are so many more people who are helping than who are terrorizing.  I’m choosing to think about these wonderful helpers.  I’m choosing to focus on the goodness that abounds on this earth that is not, in any way shape or form, going to be penalized by any loving God of my understanding.

People of Boston you are so strong and solid.  You probably don’t even need to hear this.  But in case you do here goes.  You did not deserve this and God is not punishing you. You have been victimized by some very sick individuals and our hearts ache for you.  Your sox are red, your hearts are pure, and I believe that you are loved by a beautiful and benevolent entity that cherishes you.  

Let the healing begin.


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Dr. Sarah April 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Beautiful post. They just conducted a study with children who watch a lot of violent television vs. watching more helpful and kind TV shows (such as Mr. Rogers). They found when the kids switched to kind TV shows, their behaviors improved and they felt less stimulated to aggression. 🙂


Maureen Quigley April 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Thank you Sarah. And very interesting about the study…it certainly makes sense! 🙂


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