Prayer for the Boston Marathon

Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so that a runner may read it. Habakkuk 2:2

God, may the Marathon runners
read peace
from today’s race into explosion,
may their families,
so desperate to find them,
read in faces of all around them –
patience with their anxiety,
hope that they be re-united,
ease for their fears.

May the first responders
whose signature is always courage,
be given the space for all that they must do.
May those who are injured
be well cared in the five hospitals
where they have been taken.

May law enforcement officers
find the vision to read the clues.
Grant a word of grace to Mayor Menino
rising from his hospital bed,
Governor Patrick, President Obama,
and all whose script is —
do not panic, simply walk,
be patient with security checks,
turn off your cell phones,
evacuate with calm.

And for those who have run the race
of their life this day,
may they cross tenderly the finish line
that is the resurrection. Amen.

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5 Responses to Prayer for the Boston Marathon

  1. Thank you for this poem Maren. Carolyn

  2. Marjorie says:

    What to say, at such a time… to such a reality as this?
    And, Maren, you covered it all with grace – providing calm assurance through the storm.

  3. Lynne says:

    Beautiful… full of grace and love… and dare I say, “com-passion”.

    • Maren says:

      Thank you Lynne. Boston is for all intents and purposes my city. We lived their a long time and Portsmouth is an hour out — many from here work there every day. It is very frightening.

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