There is blood on the sidewalks in Boston tonight. Again, there are moments of terror in our society discouraging us to gather together as community.
9/11 is now known as Patriot Day but Massachusetts has long recognized the third Monday in April as Patriots’ Day, commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
The Keep Calm and Carry On line has become a popular internet meme, but it was originally a propaganda poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of World War II, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the aftermath of widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities.
For those of us who do choose not to let terror or fear win, we share in the spirit of those first American Patriots to those who go about living and celebrating freedom each day. Keep Calm and Carry On with prayer:
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terror.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.