I live near Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. On April 19, 1999, exactly fourteen years ago, I conducted a baseball practice on Columbine’s field, which was closely watched by a group of shadowy characters dressed in long black trench coats. Little did we know that we were mere feet from heinous murderers who would act the next day.
In the face of that day, Littleton, like Boston, rose from the ashes in unity, both civic and religious. Unity broke out for all the world to see. But since then, I am sad to say, we have returned to our separate ways.
I was also in New York’s Penn Station on September 11, 2001, at 8:40 in the morning and lived through palpable terror that day. Unity broke out, too. Who can forget “God Bless America” from the U. S. Capitol steps? But you know what has transpired since then.
I must ask – what if the world saw a unified Christian church singing together as boisterously as we saw in Boston? I saw that happen at an astonishing Promised Keepers candle-light service in Boulder, Colorado, with 50,000 thousand men rocking the Rockies to “How Great Thou Art.”
Perfect unity does not have to wait for bitter tragedy and shared loss. What if it were 50 million singing with the joy that only God can provide?
I pray that Boston will use its unity for enduring good.
And I pray that Jesus prayer for perfect unity will one day ring out with palpable joy, driving evil into defeat.
What is the greatest example of unity you have ever seen?
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