, Corbin, KY

April 22, 2013

Prayers for everyone involved in recent tragedies, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — This past Monday afternoon, two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were left dead and more than 130 were injured.

Among the fatalities was a boy named Martin Richard who was just 8 years old.

The injuries included broken bones, shrapnel wounds, ruptured eardrums and severed limbs.

It is believed the attacks were timed to reach the largest amount of people as the four-hour mark in which the attacks occurred is typically the most crowded.

Doctors and officials from nearby hospitals called the scene “gruesome” and said they had never seen such an amount of carnage among civilians.

Oddly enough, the marathon race honored the victims of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. which took place Dec. 14.

During that attack, 20 children and six members of the school staff were killed by gunshots, and others were left injured.

Both of these senseless and horrific acts of violence leave families shattered as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.

Immediately following these tragedies, there has been an outpouring of prayer and support from Christians and Christian leaders all across the country.

During these hard times, it is important that we as Christians do what we can to help those in mourning. 

Remembering them in our prayers is the most important thing we can do — especially when we live far away. But for those who can help, funeral costs are by no means cheap.

I really have no idea what the situations are of these victims, but if their families are left in need, then it is our duty as Christians to give what we can.

Galatians 6:2 in the Bible says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Losing a loved one is one of the greatest burdens we can have while we live on Earth. So we absolutely need to be there for our neighbors as they suffer through these tough times.

But what about the attackers?

A lot of folks may be asking why God would let such tragedies happen to innocent people — especially little children.

In my opinion, everything happens for a reason but I do not believe God made these people do evil things.

It is the fact that these killers did not know God and chose to reject God that led them to perform such terrible crimes and sins.

These people will pay for their sins — and rightfully so. But we should leave the punishments up to the proper authorities.

Romans 11:29 says, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

We don’t need to bring ourselves down to their level because the Lord will ultimately deal with them as he sees fit.

So what can we do to prevent these tragedies before they happen?

In my opinion, once the Bible and Ten Commandments left the schools, the United States has been in a downward spiral morally. But I understand that is now against the law. However, I feel if children are instilled with the ideals the Ten Commandments preaches, we would have a much more peaceful place.

Since the Bible and Ten Commandments can’t be found in public places like schools, it is our duty to spread God’s word and share his love.

If the Newtown shooter and Boston Marathon bombing suspects had been exposed to the glory of the Lord, I believe these horrible crimes would have never been committed.

Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

For the victims and families of these tragic events, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

For everyone else, now is the time we need to turn back to the Lord and share his gospel whenever we have the chance.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at