I was in the middle of preparing a blog post as I heard news of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Death and Taxes was my title. The post was to expand on the common phrase that two things in life are constant, “Death and Taxes”. In honor of April 15th, the day we all file our taxes I planned to explain my common belief that the two constants in life are in fact death and pain. Physical, spiritual, emotional pain, they are guaranteed and constant.
I am suddenly without words and lacking any desire to write or hear my own thoughts. Instead, I stand by my beliefs with a heart full of pain for the victims, the spectators, and the hatred that allows people to carry out these acts. I pray for everyone who was injured physically and also those of us whose faith in humanity has yet again shrunk smaller.
I will close with a quote by C.S. Lewis that I planned to use in my post. It comes from his book The Problem of Pain.
“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”
My heart is broken.
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My heart is broken too, Katie. Acts like these are so beyond comprehension for most of us- we’ll be a better world if we can tap into why some people feel so isolated, broken, sick, hateful, angry, or indifferent that they can even contemplate an act like this, let alone carry it out. Terrible, senseless tragedy- so many of my prayers going out to all those impacted.