This has been a trying week. Like so many I watched not only the events of the bombing at the Boston Marathon unfold, but also the explosion in West, Texas that claimed so many lives and brought such destruction. As a native New Englander I’ve walked that street in Boston, many years I’ve watched the race on television. As a former corporate safety and risk manager the industrial explosion in Texas is a danger that I know very well and worked to prevent for many years. In addition to the events here in America, the earthquakes overseas took many more lives and it was a long tiresome week with many questions and few answers.
To say it was a trying week for so many of us is an understatement. However it is also a week of opportunity.
“Ergo dum tempus habemus operemur bonum” Galatians 6:10a (Biblia Sacra Vulgata “Latin”)
“Therefore, while we have time let us do good” Galatians 6:10a (Clark’s Paraphrase)
Trying and testing times provide us as Christians an opportunity to show the world our faith. In changing times of uncertainty, our salvation is the constant. We are called to minister, not just to the wounded and victimized, but to everyone. While many of us would be quick to donate blood, or collect toys or blankets or even wear a ribbon in silent solidarity, our faith calls us to do so much more. We are called to not only be the hands and feet of Christ, but also at times his shoulder for others to simply cry on, his hand for us to just be present and hold. We are called to be available and accessible to help others find sense and meaning in times like this past week.
While many churches in Boston and Texas held prayer vigils, how many churches elsewhere in the country opened their doors for people to stop in and not only pray or mediate, but to ask questions (even the hard questions like “why” and “how come”) and find comfort and answers. It shouldn’t take a natural disaster or major catastrophic event for the faith community to be awakened and mobilize. We need to be visible and actively ministering to others each and every day.
“While there is time let us do good”.
Friends, we are running out of time. The events of this past week remind us that not only is life precious, but it is numbered and it is fleeting fast.
Dum tempus habemus operemur bonum.
Some people want to live
Within the sound of chapel bells
But I want to run a mission
A yard from the gates of hell
And with everyone you meet
I’ll take them the gospel and share it well
And look around you as you hesitate
For another soul just fell let’s run to the battle
Run to the battle
Do you have your armor on?
We’re in the middle of a raging war
We’ve been training for so long
Have we learned to use his sword?
We may not be ready but we serve a mighty lord
And he’s made us more than conquerors
So what are you waiting for? Let’s run to the battle
We’ve got to run to the battle
He has trampled down the enemy
And has given us the victory
When we pray we learn to see that his army
We are marching on our knees
There’ll be times when we grow weak
Let’s keep our faith alive
Let your faces shine with glory
For he’s helped us to survive
And in that final hour when you feel like you’re ready to die
Will you hear the trumpet sound
Will you hear the warrior cry run to the battle
We’ve got to run to the battle