Souls, Images, and Boston
Aristotle said “the soul never thinks without an image.” Right now our souls are heavy with the gruesome and graphic images from the bombing at the Boston Marathon. The Social Media has made these images accessible and hard to forget.
But these must not be the only images with which our souls think. For if they are, all hope is lost.
Scripture points us toward other images for our souls. The book of Revelation paints a beautiful picture of what God desires and toward which God is moving us: “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away” (21:4&5).
While images of the tragedy are prevalent, there are also images of hope. In the midst of the images of the dust settling from the explosion, we saw images of people wiping the tears of those mourning. Along side the images of the bombers fleeing, there were images of people running toward those crying and in pain.
For all those who don’t want to accept that acts of violence are just the way the world is and will always be, we must remember to continue to feed our souls with images of hope. They are there if we look for them!
Our prayers continue to be with all those who suffered loss last week.