Today, April 19, 2016, marks the three-year anniversary of the day Dzhokhar Tsarnaev endured a full-scale assault on his mind, body, emotions, spirit, reputation and character. This assault was supposed to end his life.
God had other plans.
We who support the fact of Dzhokhar’s innocence chose today as a day to remember and honor him. May our simple and heart-felt actions serve as a soothing balm and may Dzhokhar somehow be made aware, for this young man has suffered much undeserved dishonor in the last three years.
Today, I planted Forget-Me-Not seeds for him. Lincoln planted a hibiscus, the red stands for her passion to see him released and the death penalty abolished. Kim made a wreath of forsythia and let it go in a stream, reminding me of the last verse of the song “Show Me” by Audrey Assad. I used this song in my previous post as it so beautifully represented Jahar speaking to us with ideas of ways we could remember him: “So let me go like a leaf upon the water. Let me brave the wild currents flowing to the sea. And I will disappear into a deeper beauty. But for now just stay with me. God for now just stay with me.”
Kim also planted an urn full of Heart’s Ease. Years ago I read a beautiful quote about this plant in a very old book, “Gold by Moonlight” by Amy Carmichael. It is a wonderful message for Dzhokhar: “The plant called Heart’s Ease often grows where we should not expect to find it. And it says ‘After these sad days have passed (Dzhokhar), you will look back and wonder how you were carried through. It will not always be so hard as it has been of late; for after the darkness cometh light and after tempest cometh calm. And this is no fantasy. It shall be so.”
Isn’t that beautiful? It shall be so…
Another supporter lit a candle… Why didn’t I think of that?
The pictures are not available yet, the paperwork has not yet been received but I have it on good authority that there are now two new stars in the night sky. One is named Jahar Tsarnaev and the other Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. When the deeds to these newly-named stars arrive I have a blog post planned as a tribute to Dzhokhar.
As I was thinking again about the opposition to Dzhokhar’s release and how deep it goes, how strong it is, the Lord reminded me of a time when Judah, during the rule of King Jehoshaphat, was facing invasion by a much larger army.
Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying ‘A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea…”
Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord.
Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord before the new court, and he said, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You…”
He ended the prayer with this: “O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah… and he said, “Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s… You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.” 2 Chronicles 20: 2 – 6, 12, 14 – 15, 17
The next day, the army of Judah went out to the wilderness to wait for the invading forces, setting those who worshipped and sang to the Lord in front of the line. And God set ambushes; the approaching armies destroyed one another.
When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped. V24
Can you just imagine that? All that was left for Judah to do was come along and pick up the spoils, of which there were so many, it took three days to carry it all back.
I am sure they saw it as one of the best days ever.
Dzhokhar’s best day ever is still coming and nothing can stop it. In that day, I believe with all my heart that my God will be his God and He will vindicate Dzhokhar.
Someone recently tweeted “God never leaves what belongs to Him in ruins.” Indeed.
Looking back on the events of this day three years ago is painful. Looking ahead to what is coming for Dzhokhar gives me great joy – not fear. The day is coming when every news source from Fox to Infowars will carry the breaking news:
TSARNAEV ACQUITTED AS PROSECUTION
Truly, it will be the best day ever – for Dzhokhar and for us. He will be vindicated and so will we. He will shed the terrorist label as we throw off the brand of conspiracy theorists.
And this time we will dance in the streets.
I can see Dzhokhar, waiting for that day in his cell, singing the song below. If only he could know there are those who wait and sing with him.
I would love to hear in the comments section below how you honored Dzhokhar today. Our stories will be compiled to share with Dzhokhar’s family and his new attorneys.