Retirement Guys: Boston proves itWritten by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | email@example.com
Once again we have witnessed another horrible, horrible tragedy. This time it took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon where two brothers set off multiple bombs, killing three people and injuring 176 others, many of them severely. Some of those injured lost limbs and others are facing amputations and other life-changing injuries. I (Mark) can’t imagine what the survivors and their families are going through right now. They have been hurt so deeply by this that their lives will never be the same. Those who were injured and those who lost family members will have this tragedy forever on their minds.
If you are a believer in God, I suggest that you be in constant prayer for those affected by this tragedy. There are also other ways to show support such as various relief funds that have been established. Below is a list of ways to help some of the victims of the bombing. If you are reading this in print and cannot go to the links below, this list was taken from The Huffington Post website at http://www.huffington post.com/2013/04/15/help-boston-marathonvictims_n_3087183.html.
Jeff Bauman, a spectator who lost both legs in the aftermath of the blasts, will likely face hefty medical bills as he begins to recover. To help offset the costs, friends and family have launched the Bucks For Bauman fundraiser. Find out how you can get involved here. Bauman’s family is also asking people to send letters of support to Jeff. Mail can be sent to: Jeff Bauman C/O Jen Joyce at 117 Tyngsboro Road. Westford, MA 01886 or Jeff Bauman C/O Jen Joyce P.O. Box 261 Chelmsford, MA, 01824.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old woman from Medford, Mass., who was killed in the explosions, has asked supporters to make donations to the Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Fund. Contributions can be sent to 25 Park St. Medford, MA 02155.
While waiting for his dad to cross the finish line, Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the blast and his younger sister, Jane, had her leg amputated in the aftermath. Their mother, Denise, was also hospitalized with serious injuries. To help the family get through this devastating period, friends and family have established the Richard Family Fund.
Brothers Paul and JP Norden each lost their right legs following the Boston attacks and Paul’s girlfriend, Jacqui Webb, has already undergone two surgeries for shrapnel damage to her legs. To help the three victims pay for their overwhelming medical bills, friends and family have established the Jacqui, Paul and JP Recovery Fund.
Friends and family of Patrick and Jessica Downes, newlyweds who each had a leg amputated after the blasts, are raising money for the couple’s medical bills.
This tragedy will be forever remembered along with 9/11 and will remind us of the evil that is in the world. Why do bad things happen to good people? I think the answer lies in the fact that we all have the capacity for good and evil. There is a battle going on in all of us and we are pulled back and forth between the two. We are affected by our own bad decisions and the bad decisions of others. No one is immune from this. This is evident by the recent suicide of the son of Rick Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church.
Warren is probably one of the most well-know pastor in our country today and author of the bestselling books “The Purpose Driven Life” and “What On Earth Am I Here For?” Yet, he has not escaped being hurt deeply by life.
Bad things happen, but good things come out of it. I don’t necessarily think, “things happen for a reason.” Things happen. After things happen comes our response. How do we respond? Ultimately, good comes out of us. Look at the outpouring of support from our entire country in the aftermath of Boston. Warren is starting a ministry based on mental illness as a result of his son’s death. We will see much more good come out of the Boston tragedy in the months to come.
Boston proves it. We are a world in need of a God and Savior. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Life will hurt us and we need the support of our friends and family. What does it all mean? Why are we here? We think about this much more when events like Boston occur. I would suggest that you pick up a copy of Warren’s book, “What On Earth Am I Here For?” Or better yet, there are small groups studying this book at CedarCreek Church. It is great stuff and not to be missed. In the meantime, let’s all band together and keep praying. O
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