It’s tragic when anyone is not befriended in a “host” country, especially those who arrive as our “guests” but never feel welcome.
Such was the case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, dead Bombing Suspect who said: “I Don’t Have a Single American Friend.”
The young scholar from China, Ms. Lingzi Lu, who was killed by the Boston Marathon bomb, on the other hand, was befriended by several Christians @ Park Street Congregational Church and Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151532853104886&set=a.10150462726534886.378016.10959929885&type=3&theater.
May God pour out His mercy on the families and friends of Lingzi Lu and the Tsarnaevs and allow us to be agents of His mercy and reconciliation.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21