These are the thoughts and memories that come to me this afternoon.
April 19, 1993, New Britain, CT: I am walking from the campus bookstore to class when I hear tell of the firey end of the seige at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX.
April 19, 1995, Boston, MA: Sitting in class at Andover Newton Theological School, we are told of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oaklahoma City, OK.
April 20, 1999, Princeton, NJ: In the aftermath of the shootings in Columbine, I am sitting with my precept of theology students, as they comfort one another in the aftermath of the shooting. One student is from the Columbine area.
April 15, 2013, Chicago, IL: I arrive back at my office to discover that the Boston Marathon has been subject to at least two bomb attacks.
This has been a tragic week over the past 20 years. My prayers are with my friends and family in Boston