Pause & Prayer - writercize #AtoZChallenge 3.16

I planned to write about portmanteaus for the letter P, as I wander from A through Z this month in what I've dubbed the blogger's marathon. 26 letters in 26 days.

I had the title of the post all set, a writercize and sample ready to go.

But, somehow, it just feels more appropriate to take pause and offer a prayer for what happened at the real Boston marathon on Monday. 

I lived in Boston as a young adult after college. I met my husband in Boston, and made some very close friends. I do not personally know anyone who was injured. The incident is distant enough that I have not been directly affected, but close enough that I do have a few friends who are seeking prayers for their immediate friends and family members. Two who lost limbs. Two others in the hospital with shards and burns. The world is small. Out of approximately 200 people who were hurt, I am connected within one person to at least four of them. I live in Los Angeles now, about as far as one can get from Boston and still live within the continental United States, but I am reminded how small and interconnected this web of life is.

Please, join me to pause in a brief moment of prayer and reflection for the lives lost and changed by this event.

Boston skyline - courtesy www.morguefile.com - free photo sharing

If you care to share your thoughts and prayers, please, feel free to do so in the comments below.

In peace.


  1. I have not been to Boston am not familiar with the city outside of Ben Affleck's work and the city's sporting events. However, I do hope that the families affected by the recent events that occurred are able to find a way to cope and get through this time as best as they are able. I also hope that those who were injured are able to get the rehabilitative support that they need.

    Your choice for Letter P is especially fitting given that they were running a marathon -- offline and we are also participating in a marathon -- online. What a great way to connect the two worlds in a way that brings some peace and love to many of those who need it most right now. Cheers to you!

    2013 A to Z Challenge Co-Host

  2. Lots of prayers and white light going to the people of Boston while they're working to recover <3

  3. I think this is a beautiful expression of how interconnected we are and the importance of sending good thoughts to those in need.

    Lyre @ Lyre's Musings #atozchallenge

  4. What a lovely post, and a very strong reminder that pausing for prayer and reflection are vital to us as both writers and human beings. It is a very small world indeed.

    With not just Boston, but the 18th anniversary of the OKC bombing (I'm a lifelong Oklahoman) and the explosion at the fertilizer plant in Texas, this entire week has left me feeling subdued and reflective.

    I'm tremendously sad about these events, and yet tremendously grateful for the outpouring of kindness and compassion that reminds me that even when we see humanity at its worst, we will also see it at its best.


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