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The Boston Marathon Bombings

Updated on January 2, 2017
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Theresa desires to share inspirational writings from her heart and sharing of those who are making an impact in this world.

If you are foe, we do not fear you. If you are friend, your foes will be taught the fear of us.

— C. S. Lewis

Jeff Bauman - Boston Marathon Bombings

Jeff Bauman recovering after losing both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombings.
Jeff Bauman recovering after losing both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombings. | Source

God Tells Us in His Word:


“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7


“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13


Meet Jeff Bauman


Jeff managed to identify both suspects for the police after losing both legs to the Boston Marathon bombings. He is recovering. Just look at that smile! He even got a visit from his favorite celebrity, Bradley Cooper. God bless you, Jeff.




A brave hero is one who faces everyday challenges bravely and lives with a smile despite problems and shortcomings. Just like Jeff.

From Sea to . . .

Southern California Coastline - Bstecker July 29, 2009 CC-BY-SA- 3.0
Southern California Coastline - Bstecker July 29, 2009 CC-BY-SA- 3.0 | Source

Listen up Foes


Have you forgotten just who we are here in this land?


Here’s a little reminder.


Foes . . .


You have come once again onto the land of the free and the home of the brave . . .


Just what is the land of the free?


Yes, it is a land covered with “spacious skies” and “amber waves of grain”


With “purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain”! And . . .

When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened!

— Billy Graham

Purple Mountains Majesty

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File: Purple-Mountain-Majesty-Virginia-ForestWander.jpg CC-BY-SA-3.0-US | Source

“Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation!”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

The Brave - Joe Andruzzi

Former New England Patriot player Joe Andruzzi, after hearing the blasts, leaving his nearby home and  helping a woman to safety.
Former New England Patriot player Joe Andruzzi, after hearing the blasts, leaving his nearby home and helping a woman to safety. | Source


en.Wikipedia.org, the free encyclopedia


Bravery

Bravery is the subcategory most people generally associate with Courage. It is defined as “the ability to stand up for what is right in difficult situations.” As opposed to less sophisticated definitions that simply categorize bravery as fearlessness or acting when an observer would be afraid. There are several forms of this bravery. Physical bravery involves acting in spite of possible harm to one’s body. Moral bravery involves acting in a way that enhances what one believes to be good in spite of social disapproval and possible backlash.


The Brave


More importantly, ours is a land full of people who are free . . .


People who are brave


Those who love country more than self


With an unflinching spirit in the face of danger


Those who confront with resolution or courage...


Courage that resists subjection or intimidation


Those who have that moral strength, endurance and humbleness


Who believe in actions rather than just words


Those possessing a higher or nobler kind of bravery


As it is an inborn quality of mind or spirit


Those who sacrifice without hesitation


Who possess exceptional courage


Those bold enough to stand against the wrong


Who possess honesty and willingness to sacrifice


And stand for everything we love


Those who have noble stature


And inner strength and show reserve


Those with a resolute and unshakeable faith


Who are selfless, and so shall be remembered

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

— Mahatma Gandhi

To Shining Sea

Boston Skyline
Boston Skyline | Source

Site of First Bombing

A marker671 - 673 Boylston Street, Boston, Ma -
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Site of Second Bombing

A marker755 Boylston Street, Boston, MA -
755 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, USA
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A Thought-Provoking Quote by Fay Hartzell Arnold:


“See each morning a world made anew, as if it were the morning of the very first day…treasure and use it, as if it were the final hour of the very last day."


"Peace" Was His Message . . . We Will Never Forget You!

Martin Richard was killed in the Boston Marathon terror attack.  Here, he is shown in his classroom last April after the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Martin Richard was killed in the Boston Marathon terror attack. Here, he is shown in his classroom last April after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. | Source

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

— Psalm 8:2

His Holy Word Tells Us:


Matthew 8:10

"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."


Lamentations 2:11

"My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within, my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city."

Soar Like Eagles

Freedom, Bald Eagle, Patriotic
Freedom, Bald Eagle, Patriotic | Source

Poll

If you are a runner (or not), and ran in the Boston Marathon this year, would you return next year to run or support those who are running, if you were able to do so?

See results

Soaring like Eagles!


We can soar like an eagle! The eagle has a conquering spirit. The eagle never runs from storms. Just like the eagle, we can embrace adversity because discipline in adversity will bring us to full potential.

Isaiah 40: 29-31

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”



Marathon Place 671 Boylston Street

File: Marathon Place 671 Boylston Street.jpeg Fletcher6 April 28, 2013 CC-BY-SA-3.0
File: Marathon Place 671 Boylston Street.jpeg Fletcher6 April 28, 2013 CC-BY-SA-3.0 | Source

Foes . . .


Just so YOU know, WE, the people . . . all of us ordinary men and women, firefighters, policemen, lifeguards, soldiers, doctors and any other brave citizens of this land of the free, will still continue to attend the NBA playoffs, go to the Kentucky Derby, go to Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, visit New York City’s Time Square and run in marathons everywhere . . . Yes, we are not about to change our free lifestyles just because our foes may want to cause us some woes!!!



“Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering, and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.” ---Unknown


The only thing for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

— Edmund Burke

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      This is filled with inspiration and shows your amazing inner strength and beauty...a fine and respectful tribute to the many heroes in our fine country.

      Voted UP and ABI. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A stirring tribute to the American spirit. We are all those things and more and you, Faith, captured it all perfectly.

      Blessings always,

      bill

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Very inspirational and well written piece. My hat off to you. My you be blessed and you heart ring true.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Maria (marcoujor),

      Thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments here. Yes, there are so many brave men, women and children in our fine country not doubt!

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      Thank you so much for the great comment. You're the best. Yes, the American Spirit is what I was trying to capture!

      Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mh,

      So glad for your visit here! I appreciate the wonderful comment. Thank you so much.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Faith this is a triumphantly moving hub in every sense of the word.. the effects of what we do after a tragedy will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow.. bless you dear sweet one :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Aw thank you Dearest Frank,

      You're the best!!! I appreciate your heartfelt comments here. Wow, you put it better than the president did! And what you said is oh so very true and we must think on that thought no doubt.

      Have a lovely day. God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      The comments before mine are all right on the money Faith! You have written a piece that weaves our love, strength, and faith all together in one hub. Each quote you have chosen is better than the last.

      Let the "foe" know this is not a country or a people to take lightly.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

      God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary (Till),

      It is always such a blessing when you come for a visit! Thank you so much for the beautiful comments.

      Yes, they must know!

      I appreciate the vote up.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very beautiful and awesome article and an inspirational tribute to the American spirit. Well done my friend Faith !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet friend, Kashmir,

      Always great to see you to stopping by to read. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments!

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What an incredible hub about a tragic moment and how we all should lift ourselves above the tragedy. Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jamie,

      Wow, thanks for the incredible comment! I really appreciate it.

      Yes, we should not allow our foes to attempt to destroy our American spirit and way of life, just because they hate us and our way of life no doubt!

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Faith, for this magnificent from-the-heart piece. It reminds us of how fortunate we are to be living in the U.S. and how we must be extra-vigilant of the people and forces who want to annihilate us and the freedoms we hold dear. A very large Up, m'dear.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you m'dear drbj, right back!!!

      I really appreciate your great comments here which add much to this hub. Yes, we must hold on to those freedoms no matter what . . . come what may!!!

      I appreciate the very large vote up too.

      Have a lovely day precious heart, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Keep it going, Boston.

      I can hardly add more to such wonderful comments you have received.

      Sharing this.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      i am sickened by another senseless act of violence and - the way your express your deep love for your country, compassion for your fellow man - and anger at the human carnage and hatred that motivates it!

      I wish the world could read your words, dear Faith - it would be a better place for it..

      goosebumps and tears..

      god bless america..

      voting/sharing

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi wetnosedogs,

      Go Boston!!! That is right, wetnose, a BIG AMEN on that one!

      I am always so happy when you come for a visit my dear friend.

      I appreciate the share.

      God bless you and your wetnose family, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh my lovely friend with the big heart, Leslie (ImKarn),

      If you were here, I would give you a big ole kiss and hug for leaving such profound words towards our foes and loving words towards me!

      It is evident that your heart is full of love and grieves when such senseless atrocities happen.

      Thanks so much from the bottom of my heart, my precious Canadian friend. God bless YOU too!!!

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      (((HUGS))) and much love your way, Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I hope those selfish cowards can read this Faith. I have no right to judge but I condemn that inhumane act. No one deserve that kind of brutal and heartless act of violence.

      Excellent job here. Up and sharing...spreading goodwill.

      Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Crisp, my friend with love from the sky . . .

      I understand completely from where you are coming. It was a complete senseless act of violence on innocent people. It just shows how cowardly they are to do such no doubt!

      Thank you so much for your genuine comments here.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      God bless you precious heart. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Heartfelt and a true tribute the loss and the real fighters. Thanks for this poem. Shared and votes all up....way.

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      There are a lot of courageous and loyal men and women in the United States and you really captured the spirit of America in this Hub. Great job!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, it is an insane world we are living in; when young people who have barely lived, can be so indoctrinated that they take life so callously, and have such disregards for their own.

      What is it in the human psyche, that can make them so filled with rage and hate, that they would want to to destroy and cause so much pain to the innocent?

      A wonderful tribute, from a woman with a strong love of God and Country.

      Outstanding!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi dearest deergha,

      It is always lovely to have you stop by to read. Thank you for the wonderful comments.

      I appreciate the votes up and share.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello web,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments towards our courageous and loyal men and women here in our country. I was trying to capture that American spirit here, so thank you for that so much.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Jo (tobusiness),

      I will never understand these senseless violent acts against innocent people! I guess that is what they have been taught since a very young age to hate us.

      Thank you for your kind words towards me. You're the best!!!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      YOU GO GIRL!!!!

      VOTED UP, USEFUL, AWESOME AND BEAUTIFUL!

      EVERY FOE ON THIS PLANET SHOULD READ THIS! WE, AS AMERICANS, WILL NOT FALTER OR CHANGE OUR LIFESTYLE IN FEAR OF EVIL. THE BIBLE STATES, 'WHOM SHALL I FEAR???'

      THANK YOU FOR A TERRIFIC HUB! IT SHOULD BE ON THE COVER OF EVERY MAGAZINE IN THE UNITED STATES!

      YOU SHOULD SUBMIT IT ALL OVER AND SEND A COPY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

      GOD BLESS YOU FAITH REAPER, YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!

      BLESSINGS, SPARKLEA :) PS: LOVE THE PICS ESPECIALLY THE FIRST ONE WITH BRADLEY COOPER. WONDERFUL HOW AMERICANS COME TOGETHER.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Things like this do show we have Americans left in this country, just like the volunteers who gave up life in West, rushing to save lives. It seems tragedy is getting to be a daily occurrence and we must do something to make it stop, so our children and grandchildren to not have to live in terror.

      Did you hear that before the FBI got much more than half through questioning that boy a judge came in and read him his rights? End of questioning. They found out their plan for Time Square, how much more might they have learned. Someone at the top is covering apparently, and I cannot get over the shock that it is allowed! Real Americans better start having a voice right now before that is taken away from us. I do appreciate Hp so far allows freedom of speech.

      Wonderful read..for Americans, I know. Up and sharing.

      God bless you and family!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You have written a very moving and though provoking article. Those of us who are moral and God fearing will never understand the motives of sick people who are clearly the foes of the United States.

      My hat is off to the brave volunteers in West that risked their lives in order to save others, and to those who aided victims in Boston.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Am inspirational and awesome message letting our enemy know who we are and how strong we all are. Thank you for sharing this great tribute and statement of unity. whonu

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes ...we need to forever know and acknowledge how blessed we are to have a country filled with so many willing to do whatever it takes to keep this nation the remarkable place that it is.

      Voted up ++++ and shared, Faith.

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith you have me crying girlfriend.. this hub is so wonderful.. all those heroes all those needless deaths.. you are right on the money .. what a wonderful hub.. I love how you love and give your heart to so many.. God bless you my friend and thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring hub I will share

      Deb

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Sparklea,

      You always make a grand presence when you pop in with your wonderful and encouraging comments, like now!!!

      Precisely, "Whom shall I fear?" What a great quote that I wish I had thought of here, but you did, and especially it coming from God's powerful, living and active word, which is more powerful than any double-edged sword. It is pure truth. It is our most powerful weapon against such evil!!! Thanks for that reminder precious heart.

      God bless you real good, Faith Reaper

      You're the best.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my sweet southern friend, Jackie,

      You are right, we need to make our voices heard like never before!

      I am glad HP does allow freedome of speech too.

      Thanks for stopping by to read and leaving such profound comments here this day.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dear friend Mary,

      It is always so wonderful when you come for a visit and leave such amazing comments to add much to this hub!

      I appreciate you so much and have much respect for you precious friend. You are brave too.

      Thank you for the vote up and share.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Whonu,

      So glad for your visit here. Yes, our foes need to know just what we are all about no doubt!!!

      Thank you for your wonderful comments to add much to this hub concerning unity!

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest PS,

      You are right, we are so blessed to live in this nation, a remarkable place, and we must fight to keep our freedoms at all cost!

      Thank you for your profound comments here.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      God bless you. Sending lots of hugs and Angels your way, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my sweetest friend, Debbie,

      Your loving heart is so tender and loving, as your tears flow freely for others who are hurting or harmed.

      Thank you sweetie for the lovely comments.

      I appreciate you sharing.

      God bless you too. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      gaplumber 4 years ago

      Great Job!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi gaplumber,

      So nice to meet you. I appreciate you stopping by to read and leaving kind words.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      Faith,

      Outstanding, beautiful and uplifting--as only you can be. You hold a special ability to remind everyone of how blessed we have been. I am proud to call you a friend. Continue this good work, as I know you will.

      Take care and God bless you

      Larry

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Larry,

      So wonderful to see you stopping in to read!!! Thank you so much for such lovely comments here. You're the best!

      I am proud to call you friend too. You are a blessing to me and to many others too.

      God bless you too. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      ear Faith - Thank you for expressing so beautifully and passionately what so many of us were and are feeling. The quotes, the pictures, the music, your words are all deeply moving and encourage us to pray, to care for others, to love our country, and to continue living our lives. Many Blessings. Theresa

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Theresa (pdast),

      So thankful for your visit as always!

      I appreciate the wonderful comments you have left here to add to this hub.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Well written and so true dear Faith. Home of the brave that will never surrender to tyranny. Two hundred and thirty seven years later, we the people still want to live our freedom. Anyone can enjoy it, but if you want to reap what you sow, then do it all the way, because IT and 313,964,040 souls will bring you to justice. So help me God.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Joseph (LDC),

      So great to see you stopping by here. It is always a blessing to see you!

      Thanks so much for leaving such profound comments here, which add much to this hub.

      AMEN!

      God bless you my dearest friend. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Nicely done, Faith Reaper. We can never thank these people too much.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Marcy,

      So nice to meet you! I appreciate your wonderful comment.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Faith, you have shared some excellent quotes. Your poetry is very inspiring. More than castigating our foes, we have to appreciate our friends. Castigation makes us frustrated, whereas appreciation helps us to see the good things in the world.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have been working pretty hard. Had trouble finding Hollyhocks and there were only two plants at the greenhouse so guess I will have to try seed. Going to rain for a week though so no seed would do good in that.

      Well since there will be rain maybe I can get something done here. Owe some visits I know. My son has promised to help me get the free photos up soon so look forward to that.

      Have a nice Sunday and God bless! ^

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vinaya,

      Always great to have you visit! Yes, I agree, and thank you for the profound comment here.

      I so do appreciate all of t he brave men and women in this world who are selfless and love others more than they do themselves!

      I am reminded of another great quote by Edmund Burke, "The only thing for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." I think I will add this somewhere in this hub.

      Peace and blessings to you, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet friend, Jackie,

      Please don't work too hard sweetie. I know you love it though, and the beauty that results. I know the photos are amazing, and I am so glad your son is there to help you. I wish I were there to help.

      I am always so glad when you visit, and you do not owe me any visits, as you have already visited all here. You're the best! I believe I may owe you some visits!

      Have a lovely Sunday too and God bless you real good.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such a moving and patriotic message. Excellent! I am voting up and sharing.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      An awesome tribute to such a sad loss. This bombing to hurt innocent people is beyond disbelief. The training they did to attempt to cross the finish line to come to this kind of end was disturbing. This issue really disturbed me and your quotes gave me hope. Thank you my friend for sharing your words of hope.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi shiningirisheyes,

      So glad to see you stopping by to read here! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzzycue,

      Always so great for a visit from you! It is very disturbing no doubt it. I am so glad the quotes here have given you hope. There is always hope for a brighter day, and as that last quotes states, or putting it another way . . . Evil will not win, when good people do something, but when we sit back in fear and allow evil to change our life styles, then it has won.

      I praise God for the brave women, men and children in our beautiful land!

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      Faith Reaper....It is one thing for our young men and women to have to leave our great country and fight/lose their life... on foreign soil so we may live in a free land....and for a few so full of hatred to be able to choose to kill in our backyard ....punishment to these people need to set example that we will not tolerate these horrendous acts....As always a beautifully written hub from your thoughts...have a great day...keep the faith....

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest friend, kj,

      Exactly! Great point made! Thank you for leaving a profound comment here.

      You're the best!

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      Great and fitting tribute to those who were injured and maimed, those who died, and those who helped others in need. Your combination of quotes, photos, music and heart brought me to tears. Yes, we live in a great country of heroic,caring, loving and courageous individuals. In times of great strife, we can come together as ONE NATION. Thank you for your gift to us. I will pass it on.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good morning little sister.

      A beautiful tribute.

      God bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ladydeonne,

      So nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your kind words here. Yes, we do live in a great country of very brave men, women and children.

      We can stand strong when we are united!

      I appreciate the share.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi teacherjoe,

      So glad for your visit here. Thank you for your kind words.

      God bless you too, Faith Reaper

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Faith, Very inspirational and true tributes to the well deserved. God bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest girishpuri,

      So glad for your visit as always. Thank you so much for the lovely words. I appreciate you.

      God bless you too, Faith Reaper

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      It is really very touching." No more hurting people" I hope people will be able to understand these words.

      Thanks for sharing your beautiful poem.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ignugent,

      Always so nice to have you stopping by to read and leaving great comments!

      Those are indeed profound words ... and from a child.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful share and tribute to all thse who are so brave and do not allow themselves to be defeated by anyone or anything.

      I am voting up and sharing.

      Have a wonderful day my friend.

      Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eddy,

      It is good to see you back writing here. I appreciate your visit.

      Thank you for the great comments. Yes, there are a lot of brave women, men and children!

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Hope your beautiful sunny day continues in your corner of Wales.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      This is beautifully designed and filled with American Pride and resolve. Love it along with the pictures, people featured and videos.

      This took some thought and time which equaled a very inspiring hub. Thanks lovely Faith - God Bless YOU!

      Mekenzie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much lovely Mekenzie,

      I appreciate the wonderful comment here. You're the best.

      There are a lot of brave men, women and children no doubt!

      God bless you too!

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      The image of Martin Richard with that plaque is hard to forget. Very inspirational, motivational and patriotic. Thanks!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      So great for your visit here! Yes, that is a very hard image to forget no doubt about it! Thank you for your kind words.

      I appreciate you!

      Have a blessed day, Faith Reaper

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Wow Faith, that was amazing! and so very very true. God bless all those hurt and died in that awful boston bombings, they are they brave ones, not those cowards who did it. You said it for all of us, amazing, nell

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Nell,

      So glad for your visit here! Thanks so much for leaving great comments. I appreciate you.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Faith: I have tears in my eyes from reading this. This is so inspirational and filled with hope. The quotations you have chosen are just perfect as are the photos and your words. The poem is wonderful. I hope millions read this piece. Thank you for your heartwarming words and thoughts. Great writing!!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An encouraging hub of the true sense of emotion from the brave and the courageous voted up and interesting!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi DDE,

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment towards the brave and courageous.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great write and a great hub. The world is falling apart with all the terror and war crimes. So many precious lives lost. Thought provoking and inspiring. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      So glad for your visit. I appreciate your comments, and I believe we all feel the same no doubt!

      Thanks so much for the vote up too.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Faith, what a powerful article. This was such a sad occurrence and terrible thing to do. It is hard to think about when it is in your own backyard per say. You did a great job speaking on bravery and these courageous souls that risk their own life to save others. Bravo to them all. Not only Boston strong, but American strong. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. A great job Faith with every aspect of this article. Love the references to the Bible and everything in between. Doing your part and more. God Bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi lyric,

      Thank you for your profound comments, which add much to the subject of this hub. Yes, America strong!!!

      I appreciate your continually support and friendship.

      Thank you for the vote up.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sharing again for a reminder many need. Great write.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear Jackie.

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Beautiful hub.

      The little boy touches my heart. When we see children that want peace and yet adults continue to be unkind, this should be a well learned lesson. This is sad.

      This is sad a little boy that wanted peace then lost his life. Wow that is heartbreaking.

      Great message for all of us in this hub.

      Blessings

      Laurie

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Faith Reaper,

      You've captured the essential essence of the spirit of the American people beautifully - gone but not forgotten - I sincerely hope that the United Kingdom continues to remain shoulder to shoulder with her younger, and prettier sister through the good times and the bad.

      Your Corinthians verse holds personal significance for me.

      Thank you for an impeccably constructed Hub article which again, is reflective of the brave and wonderful heart of it's esteemed authoress. Thanks to Jacki Lynnley for sharing!

      With Warm Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      P.S. Typo....' Jackie ' " To err is human etc..." lol! :)

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Rayne,

      Thank you so much. Yes, I will never forget that little boy for that is all he wanted is peace and no more killing and then ... tears ...

      I appreciate you stopping by to read and leaving such heartfelt comments this night.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Romeos,

      So glad you made it here via dear Jackie's share. She is a doll!

      Yes, I do hope so too precious heart. Oh, wow, thank you for sharing about the Corinthians verse holding personal significance for you. It is certainly a profound verse.

      You are too kind and generous in your commenting towards me, and I love it! We are all very human indeed, and we err a ton, at least I know I do ... bless you.

      Hugs and love to you and yours from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      dellea 3 years ago

      This is so awesome... thumbs up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Arthur (dellea),

      I am so glad to see you again this night! Thank you so much.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Faith, I came back to read this again, but did not see my previous comment.

      But I came back not just to re-read but to congratulate you on winning May's gold award from jo_goldsmith. This is so deserving.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Blessings and Shalom

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Thank you for digging this one up! Oh, wow, I had no clue about Jo_ goldsmith's award! How lovely and thank you for telling me. I have not been on HP as much here of late. I do remember you and Jo commenting a good while back on another one of my hubs about six months ago.

      I am humbled and honored.

      I appreciate the vote up and more and share.

      (((Hugs))) and blessing to both you and Jo!

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