By Larry B. Reinhold We are sincerely saddened, but should not be surprised by the Boston bombings. For years there have been those that are determined to destroy the freedom that America was founded upon. One must note that the marathon is held on a state holiday in Massachusetts. The holiday is Patriot’s Day. It’s a celebration in observance of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. The "shot that was heard around the world" was fired not far from the finish line. This year’s Boston Marathon field of 27,000 runners included participants from all 50 states of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The early patriot, Patrick Henry, stated "They tell us Sir, that we are weak -- unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power." Samuel Adams in a letter to James Warren written on April 16, 1776 said, "Our unalterable resolution would be to be free. They have attempted to subdue us by force, but God be praised, in vain! Their arts may be more dangerous than their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords. Let us take our stand, first upon our knees in humility before God, and then as He leads, let us be vigilant in rooting out anything that threatens the freedom of this great country. Let us uphold diligently the standard that has been set forth by our constitution and biblical truth. And may the blast that happened in Boston be as the "shot heard around the world". May no life lost or injury sustained be in vain as we press on toward "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". As the Minutemen of old gathered together to fight tyranny, so let us as Americans join together to take on this evil. We must be concerned about the those within our borders and those beyond our borders that would seek to waste America to ruins. Let us seek the wisdom and strength of the Almighty God, for without godly principle, we too, can be drawn into the cesspool of selfishness and wrongdoings. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reads, "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Larry Reinhold