And the Greatest of These is Love

“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me’.”

-Chris Bauman

This quote came from the brother of Jeff Bauman, one of the heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings. If you haven’t heard Jeff’s story, and the story of Carlos Arredondo, the man who helped Jeff, please take some time to read about them:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/jeff-bauman-jr-both-legs-amputated-dad-says_n_3094882.html

http://lightbox.time.com/2013/04/18/the-hero-in-the-cowboy-hat-carlos-arredondos-story-by-eugene-richards/?iid=lf%7Caround#1

Why am I sharing the story of these two heroes today? Because their stories are what we need to remember.

I know that we have all been watching the events unfold in Boston this week. Not only do most of us know someone in Boston or someone who has been involved in the Boston marathon, but we are also Americans who care about what is happening to the people in our country.

At the same time, it is so easy to get caught up in the fear of the event. Fear has a way of sweeping over us and paralyzing us. It has a way of dragging us into a cesspool of negativity. It causes normally accepting people to point fingers, and that fear is continually fed by a 24 hour news stream!

What I want to remember, and hope that you will, too, is that FEAR and LOVE exist side by side! And at the end of this tragic story, where there was and still is, great FEAR, there was, and still is, great LOVE!

We have a choice to which one we focus on the most. If we choose to focus on fear, negative emotions, mean words and tragic consequences continue. If we choose to focus on love, positive emotions, uplifting words and better endings follow.

What happened in Boston was beyond comprehension! Four people are gone. Countless others have been wounded for life. That is unacceptable. But the way to fight it is to focus on GOOD rather than the evil.

Jeff and Carlos are not the only heroes that emerged in this moment. There are so many others!! I urge you to find their stories. Seek out the information on those who helped in a time of great fear. Focus on those who are still here. Pray for the families of those who aren’t.

As I finish writing this morning, I am reminded of one of my favorite Bible verses – I Corinthians 13:

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”