Today, I took a run in the pre-dawn Pittsburgh morning. As I reached the designated ending point tired and aching, I dug hard and reached back for that extra effort to finish the run.
On Monday, in Boston, thousands who have trained for the moment of being in sight of the finish line were cheated of the thrill of finishing the run by the cowardly act of a terrorist with a bomb.
The unfortunate truth is that as the war on terror continues, the screams of death, destruction, and mayhem witnessed in Boston will happen again. While our hearts are broken for those who were hurt and especially those who died, our response as a nation must be that we are going to finish the run.
We will finish the run…..to prove we are not deterred by the terrorist
We will finish the run…..to bring those responsible to justice
We will finish the run….for all who died in Boston, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, who just wanted to see his father finish the run
We will finish the race as the days grow long and the nights become difficult, for we will take our solace from scripture that commands us to “run with endurance the race that God has set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). No bomb, whether it is on the battlefield, on an airliner, or at a marathon, will stop us from finishing the run.
Together We Will Finish The Run!