Today’s Spiritual Coaching is in honor of the five people who were murdered by Chechen terrorists at the Boston Marathon. The innocents killed by the attack were a 29-year-old woman, remembered by her mother for her “heart of gold,” a Boston University graduate student from China who’d gone to enjoy the marathon’s finish with two classmates, and An 8-year-old little boy, cheering on runners with his family were merciless murdered. Now this morning two more have died at the hands of the cold blooded killers; a police officer, and a tansit officer.
Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Boston Marathon in 1897. The Marathon was the brainchild of Boston Athletic Association member and inaugural U.S. Olympic team manager John Graham, who was inspired by the marathon at the first of the modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. Boston businessman Herbert H. Holton, a local Boston business man, designed various routes before a measured distance of 24.5 miles from the Irvington Oval in Boston to Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland was eventually selected.
Fifteen runners started the race but only 10 made it to the finish line. John J. McDermott, representing the Pastime Athletic Club of New York City, took the lead from Harvard athlete Dick Grant over the hills in Newton. Although he walked several times during the final miles, McDermott still won by a comfortable six-minute, fifty-two-seconds. McDermott had won the only other marathon on U.S. soil the previous October in New York.
The Boston Marathon was originally held on Patriot’s Day, April 19, a regional holiday that commemorates the beginning of the Revolutionary War. In years when the 19th fell on a Sunday, the race was held the following Monday. In 1969, Patriots Day was officially moved to the third Monday in April and the race has been held on that Monday ever since.
Whatever your race is remember the words of 2 Timothy 4, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of telling the Good News… I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
The battle we fight has only one weapon – Love. Don’t be filled with hate – overcome hate with the power of love. You can’t love the terror that is caused but love the families who lost so much. Let justice be done – trust God. Love the world that is so lost and misguided. Overcome evil with good.