I’m writing today in order to stop myself from reading the endless reports on the bombing of the innocents at yesterday’s Boston Marathon. The authorities have not yet identified the particular tools of the devil responsible for the atrocity, and thus media outlets are left to endlessly update and repeat the extent of the deaths and maimings.
As is usual in such circumstance, there’s no making sense of the tragedy. I reflexively considered all possible motives and eventually concluded that the bombings are just the latest in an ongoing series of proofs that evil still does in fact exist. We as a nation will vow vengeance, and probably commit new evils in the process. If you trust in guns for deliverance, you’ll probably level up and put in a new cache of ammunition. If you trust in God, you’ll probably pray for protection for yourself and those you love.
I think it’s possible that the most effective method of fighting this evil that clearly is rampant in our world is to go out there and commit acts of quiet goodness. It could be anything, even simply putting in new rows of tomatoes and peppers and squash to eventually feed the family and neighbors. It could be buying lunch for someone you haven’t seen in a while. It could be going through the closets and taking the clothes you don’t wear anymore down to the homeless shelter. Anything good will do, probably.