As I reflect on these five simple, but very important and powerful words, “No More Hurting People – Peace,” I sense that these words have been very prophetic, and God is saying to the world, enough is enough. These prophetic words came from none other than a beautiful boy by the name of Martin Richards, one of the victims, who, unfortunately did not survive the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013.
Nonetheless, his message is a powerful reminder to the world, that it is not okay to go around causing terrors, mayhem, and hurt. It’s a call for peace from a young eight year old boy. This was no coincidence that Martin wrote those five simple, but powerful words some time before his death. Martin had been on this earth for a purpose, to carry a message of peace and love. He skillfully crafted two signs of love on either side of his poster sign, which also serves as a powerful reminder, that a little child shall lead us. (Isaiah 11:6) As his parents’ message stated, “He’s now at peace.”
With all the terrors, mayhem, and hurt that continue to plague our world, let us be reminded of the peace that Jesus has already left with us, so that we should not be troubled, or become afraid. In John 14:27, the Scripture states, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Let us all continue to pray for all those who have been victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings, but most importantly, let us all continue to pray for peace.