Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

how to carry on

Our Lindsey was on the marathon route, stationed with a group of her students, cheering on two of her co-workers who were "charity runners".  I got a very brief phone call from her early on, to say that she was safe, but there was no time for details and we were unable to talk with her after that. (Cell service was compromised).

Last night we finally heard from her. She helped all of her students get safely home. She is not sure what today will bring for students, co-workers or the city of Boston.

My brother Doug shared these words this morning.
"I can imagine a fully armed man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an element of fear, if not cowardice. But true nonviolence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness". - Mahatma Gandhi

Today I will remember that courage, compassion and love are more ferocious than fear and cowardice and ignorance. There are stories in the news this morning that prove that this is, indeed, true.

Let us turn away from the fear and remember the transformational power of love. 



  1. Thank you, Karen. So glad your Lindsey is safe. Our loved ones in Boston are safe as well. We are holding the Light all those impacted yesterday -- and the coward who did this, too.

  2. True Love is what we need / the world needs...
    Sending blessings,


  3. So glad that Lindsey and her students are safe.

  4. I was reading some of those stories of courage this morning and know that there are many others, like Lindsey's quiet strength for her students, that go unreported. I am inspired by and grateful for their testimony that humans can do such great good in the face of tragedy.

  5. Events such as these surprise and shock us, not for the courage and support of strangers for one another in times of horror, but that there are people in the world who live lives of such desperate loneliness, sadness, isolation, fear, anger, not uplifted and supported by kindness of others. Imagine such an incomprehensible life. Not easy when we have the love of family and friends. All the more reason we need to practice acts of kindness at every opportunity.
    I am so very glad your dear ones are unhurt and pray they are not burdened by the emotional pains they've recently endured.

  6. You must be so relieved about, and proud of, your Lindsey, Karen. I'm so glad she is OK. What a shocking experience for her.
    Holding all the victims and the perpetrators in prayer. Where does such hatred come from?
    Take care. xo