Yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon makes me, as my husband said, want to stay inside and never come out. Having started running in the last year and participating in several races, I can picture race day—the finish line. It’s joy and excitement and cheers and accomplishment. It makes my heart ache with sadness to know so many athletes, family members, friends, and race volunteers came away from what promised to be a happy day, hurting—physically, emotionally and spiritually. I’m praying that they would be healed in every way, and have a peace that passes understanding.

Whom Shall I Fear,” a song by Chris Tomlin, has been encouraging me today. I’m thankful that my infinite God has an ultimate plan, even though I often am blind to the exact workings of it in my finite sight.  I know this God of Angel Armies is always by my side:

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear?

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my Sword and Shield
Though troubles linger still
Whom shall I fear?

I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear?

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in your hands
I’m holding onto Your promises
You are faithful