Tuesday, April 16, 2013


First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with Boston. The victims and their families. The marathon volunteers and spectators. My heart just goes out to all of them.

I have to talk about this because I’m outraged. The senseless, evil act robbed these runners and spectators of the glory that comes when they cross the finish line. All the hard work they put in. Hours. Months. Dedication. Sacrifice. Tarnished by this horrific act. I cannot even imagine. I’m stunned. Saddened.

It affects me deeply because I was a spectator at the Chicago marathon. I had the opportunity to support my husband do something he never thought he would do. I saw the sacrifice, the dedication and the blood, sweat and tears he put into it. Cheering him on and watching him cross the finish line was one of the best memories of my life. Of our marriage. To know that somebody or some group deprived that of so many runners, families and friends breaks my heart.

To think that my brother and sister-in-law may be scared to run the Detroit marathon this year infuriates me. We should not have to fear doing something. Anything. Nobody has that right to take our sense of comfort away.

As I sat glued to the news last night Garth said he was scared to go to the Detroit marathon this year. I told him that is what they want. I won’t let it blemish my brother and SIL’s marathon. I won’t live in fear.  

“When I am afraid,
    I put my trust in you.
 In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
    What can flesh do to me?”
Psalm 56:3-4


Anne said...

love your trust.

Adrienne said...

So true, and so insightful. We're praying alongside you.

Rebecca Jo said...

My big race is in 2 weeks - with 18,000 participants.. my husband doesnt want me to go either. I keep trying to tell him exactly what you said... what God says about fear... but I understand the fear being felt... I cant say I'm not nervous