Monday’s Boston Marathon Bombing resulted in millions of people sending good thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. It is as it should be. The United States does not have a religion, but is religious. When Gallup surveyed people an average of 40% reported attending worship services 'in the past week.' That differs from the trends reported by a Hartford Seminary study that shows significant decreases in attendance. Some figures report 8% of Americans are atheists. Bill Maher is as evangelical about his atheism as any proselyte! For me, I was raised with regular Church attendance, was an altar boy and later a leader in the choir. And then there was the 13 year gap.
Whenever something bad happens – personally, professionally or in the world – I look to understand it. I do so politically through the prism of my libertarian perspective. I do so personally through my life experiences. I do so spiritually through my beliefs, teachings and of course the Bible. Somehow they all coalesce in the pastiche that is who I am.
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honor all people;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
(From the Book of Common Prayer)