Today, our thoughts are with the people of Boston and the bombings that took place there yesterday. It is a day of sorrow & mourning.
How should I try to comfort you in the aftermath of this tragedy?
Should I try to comfort you politically, by saying that America is a strong and resilient nation?
Should I try to comfort you militarily, by saying that our military might is unsurpassed and our enemies will be defeated?
Should I try to comfort you financially, by saying that we are wealthy and can purchase additional security for ourselves?
Should I try to comfort you geographically, by saying that we live in the Midwest and unlikely to be a target of such attacks?
Should I try to comfort you psychologically, by saying there are things we can do to help us cope with disasters of this kind?
Should I try to comfort you eschatologically, by saying we won’t be around when things get really bad?
The fact is, as the people of God, we don’t put our hope in any of these things. Rather, our hope is this: Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).
John Piper said the following on the Sunday following the 9/11 attacks:
Your steady, solid hope this morning – and it is the only lasting hope – is that if you will trust Christ as your precious Savior and your supremely-valued King, then you will be folded into the love of God in a way that no terrorist, no torture, no demons, no disasters, no disease, no man, no microbe, no government, and no grave can destroy. That’s the hope of the Christian life. It is not a political hope, a military hope, a financial hope, a geographical hope, a psychological hope, or an escapist hope. It is a blood-bought, Spirit-wrought, Christ-exalting, God-centered, fear-destroying, death-defeating hope.