The Ripples of Concussive Effects

Violence sent it’s tremors across our land once again.  Before our eyes at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we watched the Wounded, the Healers and the Warriors take action.

The physical act of bombing demanded the physical response of many. But the physical injuries sustained in Boston were not the only injuries. Countless souls were also injured.  The concussive blast of the bomb was physical but the act of terror was psychological, even spiritual.

Smooth Water

As we watched the continuous loop across our news, the ripples of terror caused by a boulder dropping into our peaceful pond, transcended from Boston and coursed through a nation’s soul.

Like many, I spent the week shocked, sorrowful and scared.  I felt like darkness was winning and I wanted to hide and take my family with me. Our peace had been ripped apart.  The boulder had forced the peace from our pond and it could not be undone.

Disturbing ripples

How do we answer when it appears evil won?

As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

James said it this way:

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”  James 4:17 NKJV

Our answer to evil is this: cause our own ripples in the pond.     You see as our good causes ripples they expand and interrupt the ripples of evil sent out by terror.   We interrupt each concussive ripple of evil with overwhelming good.

Multiple ripples

What good do the wounded do?

  •  The wounded ask for help
  • They receive
  • They call the healers and warriors to action
  • They represent how all of us need the healing love of God the Father

What good do the healers do?

  • They see
  • They respond
  • They focus their time, resources, and attention to the critically injured first and work out from there.
  • They communicate vital information when passing the care of the wounded to another.
  • Most of all, they let the wounded know they are not alone in their suffering and pain.

What good do the warriors do?

  • They clear the path for the healers to get to the wounded
  • They maintain a safe perimeter so the healers can focus on their work
  • They pursue the enemy when the situation turns from crisis to stable
  • They seek justice and love mercy

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:21 NIV


Are you wounded? Than do your part, ask for help and call everyone to action.

Are you a healer?  Then respond

Are you a warrior? Then stand guard

Do these things where you live, because you never know when you cross paths with a wounded person and interrupt the path of darkness in their heart by overwhelming them with God’s light.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do Good

6 responses to “The Ripples of Concussive Effects

  1. I’ve also been troubled by the growing darkness. Last week seemed to me not like a random explosion but more like another wave crashing through the tidal barriers. I love the image of the ripples of waves–like a tiny light that shines through the darkest night providing comfort and direction. Thank you for the reminder!

  2. Light driving out the darkness has been a theme of late. You might enjoy Josh Wilson’s song “Pushing Back the Dark” – I bought the album just so I can repeat this song and drive it into my subconscious. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks Unshakable! I visited your blog as well. Wow! One who has been wounded by a disease still Healing and Warring for many! Thanks for sharing your suffering so you can also share your victories with us!
    Just for thought. I have a friend who has ALS and has seen the effects reversed through taking Protandem. If you ever want to connect with him and talk I would love to pass on his information. Just let me know by dropping an email!

  4. Rereading this today, Cheryl, on the sad anniversary. Your writing brought such comfort to my husband last year who was first on scene for the second explosion (while running towards the first). He regretted not being able to do more. By God’s assignment, although they hadnt met yet, my best friend’s fiancee was the first paramedic to bring an ambulance to assist. So as Warrior and Healer, they were able to receive a measure of comfort by seeing their roles. Keep up your blessed work 🙂

    • Hey Kristen – I was thinking of you today as I read a FB post of yours. I’m so glad your husband was comforted by these words. I pray that each of you sense another level of God’s healing and goodness to you and your city on this anniversary.

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