Do you remember Martin?
It was one year ago today that we lost a little boy who many of us cannot (and should not) forget, Martin Richard. Martin was the youngest of those who died following the bombing during the Boston Marathon. He was 8.
I know very little about Martin. His teachers loved him. His classmates miss him. He loved hockey and baseball. The bombing devastated his family. Both parents were injured, and the dreams for their children are forever changed. Martin’s younger sister, Jane, who survived the bombing and continues to heal from the loss of her leg, described to doctors, “My (older) brother Henry only got some cuts, but was hurt in his heart”.
There is a picture of Martin that speaks to the heart of this little boy. He is holding a poster that he made at school which reads, “No more hurting people. Peace.” The sign symbolized the tragedy, and it seems to me that it tells us a story about the innate ability for children to seek out peace.
I find that children are the blessed peacemakers. They are children of God. They possess all of those characteristics that God wants for his children, especially the ability and desire to love each other. It seems to me that one simple thing that we can learn from Martin, and from children in general, is to open our hearts up to living in peace with one another. To do all that we can to love one another as God loves us.