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Prayers for Boston Marathon Victims | By Bishop Grant J. Hagiya

Our hearts and prayers go out to those harmed at the Boston Marathon, and to the families who have lost loved ones in such senseless violence.

It is important for us to focus our prayers for healing and strength for the survivors, and not on blind retribution and anger. Violence begets violence, and it is important for us to show restraint and patience in finding out the perpetrators of such mindless action.

Let us not jump to uninformed conclusions before we know more of the evidence in this case. I am sure that justice will prevail, but let us show restraint before we know who is ultimately responsible. In the meantime, let us focus on prayers of healing for the survivors, and comfort for the bereaved.

Grant J. Hagiya serves as the Bishop of The Greater Northwest Area
(Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Oregon-Idaho Conferences).
Visit The Greater Northwest Episcopal Area page for more.

Seeing God in action after Boston bombing

Seeing God in action after Boston bombing
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Devadhar said in a letter to the New England Annual (regional) Conference following the bombing at the Boston Marathon that the outpouring of love and support from friends and colleagues in our United Methodist connection has been overwhelming and wonderful. UMNS file photos by Mike DuBose.

Church offers help in wake of tragedy

Church offers help in wake of tragedy
The United Methodist Church offers resources to help those seeking consolation following the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
A UMNS photo illustration by Mike DuBose.

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