Verse #8 just seemed right for the happenings of this past week. Hubby is a runner, and my kids and I have stood at countless finish lines. My heart broke when I saw what happened, knowing the place where those bombs went off held families. Truly, no words.
In the last forty-eight hours the news has covered Boston. Pictures of unspeakable horror have played and replayed. People have talked about terrorism and the safety of our country. And played more video and pictures.
In the midst of all this I watched a photo make it's way across Facebook. It had good old Mr. Rogers on it with a quote about how his mother taught him to always look for the helpers in tragedies--and I loved that someone was pointing us to look beyond the tragedy. And I immediately thought of this verse:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Phillipians 4:8
Yes. We need to talk about what happened, we cannot avoid the conversations it has brought into our homes and workplaces, or the need to process the senseless act. But God is still God. We cannot let this moment become our focus. We need to think on good things.
Because when we do, we find peace and hope.
And I'd much rather focus on that.