It is 5:45pm on Monday, April 15 2013. My niece Megan crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon three minutes before the explosions. Thank God, she is okay and definitely had her guardian angel with her as a few small things transpired throughout the day that kept her, her friend and her mother safe from harm. For those people who were not so fortunate my deepest thoughts and prayers are going out to them and their families.
Of course it is too early to know much about exactly what happened today. What we do know for sure is that for all the people who worked so hard and trained so long for this day, their moment was stolen from them and that this experience is tainted by tragedy. However the outpouring of love, support and willingness of all the people at that event to help serves as a reminder that in the face of tragedy there are many more good and loving people than there are evil.
And hopefully the power of love, kindness and compassion can be the thing that we take away from this, instead of letting it rob us of our courage, sense of freedom and willingness to be there for others.