Good morning everyone.
I had started last week trying to capture my days in photos to share here and on HighwaysandByways; but then I heard about the Boston Marathon bombings.
Sharing how I spend my days suddenly seemed irrelevant.
Mixed in with my normal activities, my days over the past week and a half have been spent keeping track of Fox News and their coverage of what is happening in Boston, and the debates and arguments that have arisen.
I have bounced back and forth between angry venom and sympathy and horror and deep sadness.
It infuriates me to think of the people that come into this country and take advantage of all of the freedom and amenities that we have here, only to turn around and use it against us.
It infuriates me to think that our government did not keep closer track of the older brother and stop this attack. It makes me even angrier that they are now trying to lie their way out of it and cover up their negligence.
My first response was fury and horror at the brutal attack on the people of Boston. My first thought was “Find whoever did this and make them pay.”
But as I looked at the photos of the younger brother, my heart was filled with a deep sadness for that lost young soul. I asked myself how many times had a younger person followed an older person out of love and loyalty, only to find themselves embroiled in something that made them wish for a second chance?
In an interview on Fox and Friends, Fox News Religion Contributor Father Jonathan Morris wondered whether the younger brother’s involvement stemmed from the fact that there was not enough love in his life. If he had love from another person other than his brother, could they have kept him from such brutal actions?
Questions that echoed what was on my mind.
Was his involvement purely out of loyalty to his older brother or was it motivated simply by an evil intent to hurt others? Only God knows for sure.
Should he pay for killing others with his own life?
Numbers 35 gives more than one example of capital punishment for murdering someone. Deuteronomy 19 explains clearly that if a person lays in wait and rises up against a neighbor and kills him, then the murderer shall be put to death.
That knowledge gave me an answer to my question. My thoughts ran along the lines of “Take his citizenship away and declare him an enemy combatant. Use him as an example to others that come into this country with the sole intent of killing us.”
But then I was reminded of Saul of Tarsus, of his part in Stephen’s stoning and his relentless pursuit of Christians in the book of Acts.
God forgave him. The New Testament if full of how God used Paul to bring sinners to repentance.
Do I think that God could reach the younger brother and use him for good? Yes, He could.
Will He? Only He knows for sure.
Does he deserve God’s mercy?
Do any of us?
I do not know what to pray for, and am relying on the Holy Spirit to give my prayers the right words. But as I write this, I find myself not only praying for the people of Boston who were hurt by this young man’s evil actions; but also for the young man. Not that he will escape justice, but that the Lord work His will into that young life.
And I am continually in prayer for this country that I love.
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2013