Yesterday’s tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon has rocked us as, once again, we’re confronted with violence of the most unthinkable kind. When I got the news, my first feeling was one of helplessness. My wife Theresa texted me, “The United States feels like a terrifying place to live. But I know we can’t live in fear.” I agree. It does feel somewhat terrifying to live here these days. And while I also agree we can’t live in fear, I don’t really know what my part is, as a simple musician, to make things better. I’m not a first responder. I’m not in an influential position of the government or part of law enforcement. What can I do?
I know I’m not the only one of us who thinks like this.
The problems of the world, problems that lead to this kind of act, are huge. Too big to even wrap my mind around most days. As such, huge things need to change in order to fix them. Things that go well beyond laws and government action. After every recent violent tragedy, I’ve thought that where change really needs to begin is in the heart – for real and complete authentic love for each other (that I believe comes through faith in, and the example of, Christ) to change us individually and as communities of people here in the United States and around the world.
And in that I find my answer.