Thursday, April 18, 2013

Keep on Running

Today at an interfaith prayer service, President Obama addressed the city of Boston, a city in shock, a city grieving its losses, a city grieving the wounded.

He spoke to a city also brimming with pride, celebrating their goodness, their shared humanity, and their resilience. 

 Many honored the city where in the midst of bomb blasts people ran towards the wounded, not away.

I am humbled and awed today by the collective insistence on love, strength, and determination that pervaded every speech given by the city’s leaders, and that poured out of the hearts of every-day folk on the streets of Boston.

 In the face of adversity these voices are resounding and inspiring.

My thoughts move to my clients who face of adversity. They witness and experience cruelty and abuse. Their voices are quieter, and sometimes silenced. In President Obama’s words "Even when our heart aches, we summon the strength that maybe we didn't even know we had, and we carry on." My clients too run marathons that require perseverance, guts and determination.

May we honor all those who persevere, and all those who run towards the wounded.

Thank you President Obama for insisting, “in the face of cruelty, we chose compassion.”  

Laurie Kahn

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