If there was one place in the world I could say was my “home town”, it would be Peabody, MA. If you don’t know where Peabody is, find Boston and look north about 25 miles. That’s Peabody. It’s where I went to elementary school, junior high, and high school. I met my husband there (I married him 37 years later down here but….whatever).
And, never before has Boston been such a huge topic of conversation for an entire week. I mean, the Pats have won the Super Bowl, the Sox the World Series…occasionally we hear about the Boston Marathon.
Not like this year.
Friends and relatives…well, we needed to know where they were. We made sure that everyone we knew was accounted for.
And, we waited.
I honestly cringed on Friday when I saw pictures of the totally barren Mass Pike on the way into Boston – the Longfellow bridge, the SE Expressway, the Tobin, Storrow Drive, Harvard Square…EMPTY. It was beyond chilling…it was downright upsetting.
In some of those upsetting moments I had to dig deep and remember that we are NOT to judge, we are not to condemn a whole race/group of people for the actions of one or two. How hard is that?
I thought of this fro Matthew 6: 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Why that verse? Because – I believe that when this kind of man-made disaster occurs we *do* worry. We worry about ourselves. We worry about family, friends, our homes, our former homes…we worry that life will change again as it did after 9/11. It is in our make-up to worry about such things. Remember, John tells us in chapter 16 that Jesus said, 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So…when I was sad, distraught and somewhat freaked out about all the stuff going on in my home town – really, a town that I hold near and dear – I found quiet comfort in Matthew 6:27 and John 16:33. They told me everything I needed to know at the time. Don’t worry. This world is a mess. But Jesus, our Savior, has overcome the world!
It would be an amazing thing to keep those two verses close to our hearts as this month/year moves on….