BOSTON — Boston Area Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar has written a letter to the New England Annual (regional) Conference, calling for prayer in response to the explosions Monday, April 15, near the Boston Marathon finish line. His full statement is below:
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We are truly saddened by the news that just came regarding the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Along with you I grieve for those that lost their lives and their families, and for those injured in this tragic event. In moments like this, we do not know what to say or how to say it, but will you join me in the prayer of the psalmist, “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble.” (Ps.46:1).
We do not know the names of those injured and we pray for all, but if you learn of any United Methodists who were affected please let me know so that I may reach out to them and pray with those families. You may contact Alexx Wood our conference communicator if you have any information (firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-838-2828).
Already a colleague Bishop, a general secretary in one of our boards and agencies, and others have reached out to me, and I know that many are praying for us. Let us also pray for all those involved in aiding the victims and those in law enforcement responding to this terrible event, as well as clergy of all faiths who are comforting victims and families. Even in the midst of such tragedies may we continue to strive for a world of peace and reconciliation, as followers of the risen Christ.
With prayers and in Christ’s love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar