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Giving Comfort: The Heros in Our Midst

Obviously, we live in violent, anxious, fragmented times. If we can't disarm our heart and root out the seeds of anger, hatred, fear and greed, we will inevitably have more senseless killing in front of us. If we don't pull together, we'll be pulled apart.
04/17/2013 11:19am ET | Updated June 17, 2013
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Mourners hold candles and U.S. flags during a vigil for Martin Richard, one of three killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Richard, an 8-year-old from Boston's Dorchster neighborhood, was among the dead in blasts that also injured his mother and sister. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Yesterday was a day of tears and prayers here in Boston, and in widening concentric circles around the country and world. So many were involved in the tragic events. Personally, I can't get over the thought of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed while standing in the sunshine with his family, happily waving to those approaching the finish line on what should have been a festive and historic occasion. (His mother and sister, aged 6, are still in the hospital.) Now the Boston Marathon, which is always held on Patriots' Day, will sadly be remembered differently.

My minister friend, Reverend Kim Harvey, was downtown at her Arlington Street Church, within three blocks of the bombings, when the explosions occurred. Reverend Kim helped minister to people's immediate needs, providing refuge from the chaos. She came to my house on her way home late last night, and we communed and meditated together. Today Kim is back at work, ministering to those in need and preparing for a candlelight vigil, just another humble hero in our midst.

Obviously, we live in violent, anxious, fragmented times. If we can't disarm our heart and root out the seeds of anger, hatred, fear and greed, we will inevitably have more senseless killing in front of us. If we don't pull together, we'll be pulled apart. Let us join hands and heads, hearts and minds and communities, for a better future to be possible -- the future which begins right now.

For it is not what happens to us,
but what we make of it
that makes all the difference.
That is what defines our experiences,
our character,
and our destiny.

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