I am sure that by now you have seen many pictures and reports of the cowardly Patriot’s Day bombing at this year’s Boston Marathon. At this point we are not sure how many people may have been involved; however we know they meant us harm. They meant to instill fear in us and disorient us and they failed in those goals.
Tragically, innocent people lost their lives or were injured over their senseless acts of terror. Our prayers continue to be lifted up for the injured, the families of the killed and injured and those who helped or are helping the recoveries and investigations.
In order for the cowardly bombers to succeed we would have become weak-kneed and submitted to their demands. Doesn’t this sound like a schoolyard bully?
We do not have a feeling of general unease or nervousness that may be triggered by perceiving of oneself as being vulnerable in some way, or having a sense of vulnerability or instability which threatens our self-image or ego. Instead we’ve gained a new resolve to root out the cancer of terror trying to invade our society.
We now know that political correctness had some cause in inflicting injury upon us. We now know that certain words and phrases were not allowed to be used by those questioning suspects and others even before the bombings. That is like asking a boxer to enter the ring against a fully prepared opponent while having one hand tied behind his back. Unfortunately, there are some politicians who are weak-kneed and trying to infest our society with a culture of fear. Fortunately, our Republic provides us the ballot box to remove the cancerous politicians.
You have a choice: hang your head in worry and develop a medical condition of a mental illness of anxiety, depression, or worse; OR do what we did on Patriot’s Day and go eyeball to eyeball and stare down terror.
Many veterans went eyeball to eyeball and stared down terror and overcame their fears as they served in combat.
Many first responders went eyeball to eyeball and stared down terror and overcame their fears as they helped the injured just after the Patriot’s Day bombing at the Marathon.
Many law enforcement personal went eyeball to eyeball and stared down terror and overcame their fears as they dealt with the cowardly Patriot’s Day bombers just after the bombing at the Marathon.
The courage that veterans, first responders, and law enforcement personal exhibited was not an absence of fear, rather it was them facing their fears and acting in spite of their fears.
Again, you have a choice to succumb to the fear and anxiety that the cowardly Patriot’s Day bombers wanted to instill or go eyeball to eyeball and stare down terror.
Here are two examples of how we reacted to the Patriot’s Day bomber’s attempt to instill fear in us; one at a Boston Bruins game, and the other at a Boston Red Sox game.
Boston Strong is who we are!
Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org