By Nancy Cruse
On April 19th, 1995, 18 years ago today, our nation was rocked by the Oklahoma City bombings.
One hundred sixty eight people lost their lives, which included nineteen children. At that time, I was pregnant with my fourth child. I vividly remember thinking, “Dear God, how does anyone survive losing their child?”
Two weeks later, I found out.
After September 11, 2001 when Lisa Beamer lost her husband Todd, a hero attempting to stop suicide bombers from crashing a plane into the US Capital, I thought, “Dear God, how does anyone survive becoming a widow, especially when you still have children to raise?”
Eight years later, I found out.
Today, in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings and the explosion in Waco, I find myself reliving these events, and trying to find the good in all these situations. Lisa Beamer said, and I quote, “God says, ‘I knew on September 10, and I could have stopped it, but I have a plan for greater good than you can ever imagine.’ I don’t know God’s plan, and honestly, right now I don’t like it very much. But I trust that He is true to His promise in Romans 8:28.” End quote. Romans 8:28 says “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
In an effort to bring some good out of a bad situation, I ask you to please, take some time today to look around your corner of the world. Take a moment to thank God for each and every person He has put in your life’s path. Let people know you are glad they are part of your life’s journey. They are in your life for a reason and you are in theirs for a reason. The world can change in an instant for us as a nation or for us as individuals. I encourage you to be a positive force in this world. Let the life you live on this earth, however long it may be, be one of spreading love and gratitude.
Tomorrow, I will be running in a 5K race. I dedicate it to all those affected by the loss of someone they love, especially those affected by the tragedies in Boston and Waco.
Nancy Cruse has been part of the Bloomington/Normal community for the past almost 30 years. A widow, with five children, along with her late husband was a small business owner in downtown Bloomington. Now employed by State Farm, Nancy is active in the community, writing the Clare House newsletter and maintaining their Facebook page, hosting an annual Fourth of July Food Drive, a team leader and fundraiser for the Pat Nohl Lupus Walk, and a member of Toastmasters International, as well as volunteering in various capacities at Holy Trinity Church and schools. In her spare time, Nancy likes to run, bike, hike, read, sew, and be a vegetarian who occasionally indulges in a Schooners Tenderloin.
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