Re-sil-ience [ri-zil-yuh ns] – the ability to recover readily from adversity, or the like.
As some 36,000 runners raced in the Boston Marathon on Monday (April 21) with an estimated one million gathering on the 26.2 mile course to show support of the runners and remember the ones who died and were injured, “resilience” is the word that comes to mind after last year’s tragic bombing at the finish line.
As I heard the news last year for the first time that a bomb exploded near the finish line my mind wondered quickly, “Is East Texas Baptist University Cross Country coach Natalie Bach-Prather okay?”
I knew she was running in the 2013 race. As I checked various social media outlets I saw the post from Natalie’s husband, Michael that she was okay. Natalie had crossed the finished line about 5 minutes after the bomb went off.
Natalie, 2008 graduate of ETBU, raced again in the Boston Marathon finishing with a time of 3:36:20. Last week on a report by KSLA-TV about how Americans just can’t be shaken the Marshall native said, “You can’t stop us. We’ll show up every year in bigger, stronger, better numbers.”
Yes, resilience is the word that comes to mind.
“Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” –Psalm 37:24 (NLT)
To read more about Natalie’s experience at the 2014 Boston Marathon, click here.