Boston Strong. Image from www.tauntr.com

Boston Strong. Image from http://www.tauntr.com

I’ve always had a lot of affection for the city of Boston.

Since I was a child, I have been a fan of the Boston Celtics as Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish led them to multiple championships in the 1980’s.

It’s a beautiful city and is one place that I would love to visit one day, but my heart was lifted even more when I watched the city respond with such resilience in the lead-up to the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

To see the way the Boston Red Sox organisation and fans honoured the survivors of this tragedy was wonderful.

To see runners from all over the world determined not to be kept away from Boston by fear is magnificent.

To see spectators resolute in their aim to cheer on the runners is uplifting.

To see the survivors, many who were horribly injured, walking boldly with a smile on their faces is truly remarkable.

The Boston Marathon used to be just a long run.

Now it’s an iconic reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and that acts designed to fill us with terror only make us more determined to live with joy and freedom.

God bless the city of Boston and thank you for inspiring the rest of the world.

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