Another Day of Horror … and Heroism

Picture from Fox News

Picture from Fox News

Terror strikes again. When you first heard the news about Boston, you likely whispered or cried out, “Oh, no, not again!” We have seen the face of evil before but we never get accustomed to such sights. There was plenty of fear, panic, and pain near the finish line for the Boston Marathon. There was also plenty of courage, bold action, and selflessness. We see the worst of humanity at times like this; we also see the best. First responders yesterday were not just in uniform. Spectators waiting for loved ones and friends to cross the finish line, runners completing the grueling 26.2 mile course, people from shops and office buildings … turned their attention and aid to those injured. Lives were saved because the response was immediate and effective.

We grieve over the devastating losses and damage done. We pray for those whose lives were changed forever. We seek to find ways to bring hope and help. One day evil will be through, not because we figure out how to stop it but because one day God will say “enough.” I long for that day.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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