The mail came Tuesday. I’m not sure why it surprised me, but it did.
I’m always shocked when the mail arrives after a tragedy. I want it to stop. Maybe as an act of reverence. Maybe because I want more time to mourn. The mail reminds me life moves fast, too fast.
I know as months pass other horrific stories will become newsworthy, and even if we swear we will not forget, we do.
I lived in Littleton, Colorado when the Columbine tragedy occurred. I remember sitting less than a quarter of a mile away listening to updates on a radio and screaming sirens. I witnessed the world swoop in to hold Littleton. Eventually, I saw the cameras shut off and turn away.
When we think of serving others after a tragedy, we tend to think of physical ways to help, and that’s good. Often money is a need and Americans reach deep and give, but today, I want to challenge you to pick a name of one of the many impacted by the explosions at the Boston Marathon, and I ask you to pray.
Call him or her by name.
Serve families by offering prayers.
Serve strangers by calling out to God.
When all words sound cliché, serve by praying.