Please take a moment to remember in your prayers all those who have been effected by last year’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon. May they know that “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7, NRSV), and may they be nourished by the love we hold in our hearts for lives filled with the grace of God, by whatever names they may know her. As runners take to the starting line this year, let us renew our commitment to the principles for which Jesus lived and died and lives again, principles of peace and love and compassion.
If you happen to be in the Boston area Easter Sunday, visit Old South Church in Boston, a United Church of Christ congregation and one of the most historically significant churches in the United States. During Easter services, all 2014 Marathoners are invited to receive blessings “that they be kept safe from harm or injury, that they might serve as an example of peaceful international competition, and that God grant them the stamina to finish the race.” Visit the Old South Church in Boston website for more details.