Americans know this. We have an increasingly intimate knowledge of evil. Our free society gives as much licence to evil as it does to good, it's the price we pay.
To look at the news yesterday and today might discourage anyone. The carnage, the wreckage of lives and property, the loss and the grief. That mind numbing, frozen-to-your-core-grief that will be part of some people's lives forever. You could see all of those things and think that evil won the day.
It didn't. Not by a long shot.
For every bit of wreckage there was a hero running toward it to help.
For every wounded person there were many to hold a hand, help get away or help stop the bleeding.
For every horror filled moment, there were countless acts of kindness.
For every devastating injury there were many lining up to donate blood and many more on their knees praying for miraculous healing.
For those who were lost, there are those who mourn them and remember them and take joy for having loved them. And for them there is the promise of eternal salvation.
They will not win, these evil people because we were promised that the gates of hell woul not prevail (Matthew 16:18) and we know that hell does exist for the unrepentant perpetrators of this evil.
Let us pray for the victims of this act of terror and for the people of Boston. Let us show joy and great zest for life as we condole with our northern neighbors and let us defeat those that would harm us by letting them know that our spirits cannot be quenched, our love for each other cannot be diminished, our intent to gather and celebrate not taken away and our prays will always be with those who hate us. They certainly need it.
God is good, all the time
And all the time, God is good.