That may not seem like a big deal, especially considering that I practically bleed green (aka I’m a huge Celtics fan) but my friends and family know that my allegiance to Boston-based sports teams ends there. Probably has something to do with hearing about the Red Sox almost non-stop during baseball season when I already thought baseball was the most boring sport ever (yeah, I said it). That’s what happens when you date a Bostonian.
I don’t know why I watched a good 15 minutes of the game, but I did, and during that time the announcers were talking about the Boston Marathon going on.
I don’t know if there are words for a situation like this. Words can’t bring loved ones back, make injuries disappear, erase memories of a trauma like that. Maybe they can be comforting though. Maybe they can begin to heal.
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy. Sometimes we forget that acts of terror like this have a ripple effect, and impact so many more people than we could have thought.
I pray for the runners who participated, and who undoubtedly trained long and hard for the most prestigious running event only to have something like this happen. May you not lose your strength and endurance now.
I pray for the supporters who went to cheer on their moms, dads, sisters, brothers, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, and wives.
I pray for those who were injured physically, that they may heal quickly and fully.
I pray for those who were injured emotionally, that they may learn to trust, feel safe, and get the support they need.
I pray for the brave people who risked their safety to help others. Such acts of selflessness remind us that in the face of tragedies like this, humanity is not entirely evil.
I pray for those who have lost their lives and their loved ones who must move on without them.
And I have to add in a prayer for those I know and once loved in Boston, hoping they are safe too.
Lastly, I pray for those of you reading this. May we all remember that life is too unpredictable, too short, too precious to worry about the little things, to berate ourselves for the size of our jeans or how many calories we ate, to not do the things we love, to not make the most of every day. Tell the people you love that you love them, especially if they don’t already know it. Don’t take anything for granted. Smile at someone today. You never know the life you might save.