KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – Before any of the race events began Sunday morning, a worship service was held in the food tent on the Nazareth Campus home to the start/finish line of the 2013 Borgess Run.
Around 6:45 a.m., a group runners participating in events such as the 5K, half-marathon, and marathon gathered to hear Southern Heights Christian Reform Church leaders deliver a race themed sermon.
The service featured 41-year-old Eric Blackwell of Kalamazoo who was a runner in the 2013 Boston Marathon. Blackwell talked about the tragic events that occurred that April day and posed the question to the crowd, “Where was God?” Blackwell asked, “Where was God when those men were plotting to hurt these innocent people. Where was God when families were suffering in agony?”
Blackwell answered his own question by pointing out that he believes God was in fact present in the first-responders onto the Boston bombing scene, and that God was in those who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.
Blackwell, who thankfully had already left the race site at the time of the bombings, also noted that The Boston One Fund has raised over 20 million dollars to aid those affected by the attacks. He wrapped up his address by saying that we come together when it’s most important and that is in fact the work of God.
See above a video of Blackwell’s speech at the worship service.