As I mentioned here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, I like to address special days.
Today, is another special day. Not really what I would call a celebration day. Still, it is an important day.
It is the first (1st) year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Here is a link to read about the Boston Marathon Bombing, a year ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Marathon_bombings.
Here is a link to USA Today's published article entitled, A year later - Boston Marathon bombing still fresh for Boston: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/10/boston-marathon-bombing-anniversary/7553103/.
On Friday, April 11th, I watched Dateline on NBC, to watch about Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing a Year Later. NBC News.com published the show online: http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nightly-news/remembering-the-boston-marathon-bombing-a-year-later-218555971850.
If you read the articles posted above, you'll be aware that many people were injured. And, some were killed. Including a young eight (8) year old boy.
I'm grateful to have watched Dateline about remembering the Boston marathon. It clearly showed that some who were drastically injured, losing limbs, are making the best of life, even now.
Still, I realize that many will suffer for the rest of their lives. Even if they don't want to.
Even if they belong to Jesus.
Some will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Here is a link to read about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posttraumatic_stress_disorder.
As you may have read in the link above, PTSD affects people after they have experienced serious injury, threat of death, and/or more.
I can relate to those who are suffering. You see, for years after the collision I was in, while driving a school bus, and being hit by a tractor-trailer driver, I suffered.
Yes, for many years I suffered. Mainly due to the fact that the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB, now called WSIB) had never told me about the diagnosis, and had never treated me.
I suffered, without understanding what it was that was wrong with me. I only found out many years later, when I ordered a copy of my file. And, found paperwork in there, confirming this.
While I found it upsetting, realizing that I had been treated negatively, by this time I had placed all my trust in God. And, am glad I did, for He helped me.
Just as the victims of last year's Boston Marathon need to do, if they haven't yet done so. Or, anyone suffering from the tragedy of life, that has affected them.
Why? Because God told us so, in Psalm 118:8, "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."
While we sometimes lean towards having total confidence and trust in other people, the fact is that it is better to trust the Lord. He told us He would never leave us, nor forsake us. That He would be with us always, even 'til the end of the age.
How grateful I am for this!
How many people will participate in the Boston Marathon this year, either by running in the marathon itself, or by watching on the sidelines, only God knows. Once it happens on April 21st this year, we'll all be made aware.
I believe in my heart that many will probably participate. Either by running, or watching.
Probably not just because of their natural desire to do so. But also, because many will want to stand up and let terrorists, like the Muslim men who were responsible for the bombings, know that they have not won.
For this, I praise God. And, will continue to pray.
Certainly, for those affected by last year's attack. But also, for placing their trust not in man, but in God.
Hopefully, you'll join me in prayer. May God bless you for doing so.
Until next time...
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