Worry Not

April 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

 

Boston logoToday another tragedy struck America. On Patriot’s Day; in Boston; during THE marathon – two bombs exploded and others were diffused. As I write this, 82 are injured and two have died. Any number of senseless deaths and injuries is too many. While an investigation is underway as to whether this is terrorism – foreign or domestic – the news is playing non-stop from every angle. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted – near and far – by the attack in Boston.

Here’s what I know –

We can’t guarantee anything- safety, peace, reason or understanding.

We can’t protect the public everywhere all the time.

We can’t hope terrorists won’t strike again.

We can’t let this event or others make us give up on humanity and peace.

We can’t give up. 

What we can do is our best to make the world a better place – one person; place at a time.

We can stand above it.

We can let our voice be heard in whatever way helps us and others get through moments like this.

We can believe, share, hope, pray now and later that we can make a difference.

At moments like this – bombing in Boston, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Columbine – I gain great comfort and pride knowing colleagues at American Red Cross chapters first responders – staff and volunteers – are deployed helping those who need it most. I know our disaster team in DC is responding on and off line helping chapters, families and victims. I know in my heart they are there doing what’s right for those in need.

May your heart be open and mind be clear to send good thoughts and prayers into the universe for those who need it most.

This is a prayer I said in synagogue growing up. It was the prayer the 9th grade class led at services. It gives me peace now as it did then. I hope it does the same for you.

Grant us peace,
your most precious gift,
o eternal… source of peace.
And give us will to proclaim its message
to all the people of the earth.
Sim Shalom tova uvracha,
chein va chehsed v’rachamim aleinu v’al kol Yisraeil amehcha.
Come let us go up the mountain of the Lord,
that we may walk the paths of the Most High.
And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares,
and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall be afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.
Amen.

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