Friday, April 19, 2013

Bishop Park responds to the Boston Tragedy

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
(Psalm 34: 15-18, NIV)
Dear United Methodists and Friends of the Susquehanna Annual Conference,
Our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones of the bomb explosions in Boston. We pray for God's caring presence with them in their time of need for comfort, strength, healing and recovery. We want them to know that all the peace-loving and justice-seeking citizens of our nation and the world are with them. For so many people a day of celebration turned into a day of horror and pain. Our prayers are also with those who were there when it happened and were tremendously shaken by the horrific tragedy. In the midst of fear and confusion, we saw the first responders and many others rushing to the people to serve their critical needs at the place of terror. We give thanks for their heroic and inspiring actions of rescue and care.

This tragedy demonstrates once again that the presence of evil is real in the world. When one of the most life affirming events like a marathon is targeted to kill and destroy many innocent lives, we encounter the face of darkness yet again. Out of this brokenness we are reminded that there are countless numbers of innocent victims of terror and violence in so many places in the world. For such a time like this, we are compelled to cry out to God on behalf of the brokenness of our world. As God's people we put our trust in the Lord who is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We put our hope in the Lord whose eyes are on the righteous, whose ears are attentive to the cry of the righteous, and whose face is against those who do evil.

The Lord who is our present help in a time of trouble is with us. This is a time for God's people to pray on behalf of our brokenness and be resolved ever more to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the Prince of Peace, Healer of our brokenness, and Hope of the world.

In Christ,
Jeremiah Park

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