Three days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Americans’ hearts are heavy with the realization that our children are once again not safe in the bosom of the country we love. The fact that a small eight year old boy could die just because he wanted to hug his daddy at the finish line of a fun event, is beyond belief for many of us. Anne Taylor Fleming’s article for the Huffington Post entitled, “With the Boston Bombing, Fear Returns,” sums up the thoughts in the minds of Americans everywhere. How can we protect our children from the harsh reality that tragedy can strike anywhere, anytime, even at a public event?
Following 9/11 we became vigilant, following the Newtown tragedy we became even more vigilant, what now? What else can be done to insure the safety of the children we love at school? At a baseball game? Even at home? We can’t keep them with us all of the time; they have to learn, explore, and grow. We are told by experts to reassure them that everything will be alright. The question is how, when their friends have been blown up on the streets and the news is full of tragedy that involves young lives? Trusting in God seems to be the only recourse available to parents at the moment as with heavy hearts we try to rebuild our lives, and the lives of our children, after yet another tragic event has struck the land we call home.