Remarks, Medford’s Prayer Vigil, Boston Marathon Bombings
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 6 PM, Grace Church
Tonight we assemble in unity as a city and as a nation. We mourn the horrendous loss of human life at Monday’s Marathon.
As images of unspeakable atrocities flashed before us on our television sets and computer screens on Monday, we could only imagine the horror experienced by those at the scene, including the injured, spectators and by those who were rushed in to search and rescue for surviving victims. They, like us, awoke to a beautiful spring day, had breakfast, said “Good bye, I’ll see you later,” to family and loved ones, as they departed for the Boston Marathon. Many said, “I love you, I will miss you, and hurry home after the race!”
As citizens of this great nation, we share a profound sense of grief for those who died and for those who loved them and are now left behind. This is an emotional time. Our nation has again been challenged by the forces of evil in our world. Once again, we will respond in one voice, that the American spirit is unbroken and energetically embraces the future.
Today we are sorrowful. We are angry. We have experienced another shock to our national psyche. Let us pray that the goodness inherent in the minds and hearts of our fellow Americans will outshine the darkness of hate that struck at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.
May God bless us and provide us the strength to persevere, to heal, and to love, as we seek justice for those whose lives were taken and for those whose lives are forever changed by this fateful day.
It is my prayer that God will extend a healing touch to those families that have been affected by this horrible act and that those we have lost will be received into the place that only God can bring. During these days of mourning and beyond, the citizens of Medford stand with the citizens of Boston and the citizens of the world.
Tragically, Medford lost one of our own, Krystle Campbell, a 2001 graduate of Medford High School. Krystle was cheering on the runners when she died instantly during the bombing. She was known for being outgoing, fun loving, and had a tremendous passion and energy for life and lived life to the fullest. Krystle, the young lady with a million dollar smile, was born and grew up in Medford. She will be sorely missed by her dear family and friends.
The strength of America is that we will not be diminished by those who seek to destroy us, but we will emerge from the suffering and loss with a deepening of confidence in our freedoms and in our way of life.
I know all of Medford’s thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families. As the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. stated: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Thank you and God bless the United States of America.