Thursday, July 14, 2016

Are You Shocked at the Heinous Murders in Dallas? You Can Help

We watched in horror here in Dallas as a lone sniper carried out his evil attack. Dallas Police were hunted and murdered during a peaceful protest.
People fleeing for their lives were bravely protected by our police putting themselves in harms way. Their bravery and sacrifice is routinely unnoticed. Not this time. 

The world has seen the evil. How will the world respond?
Will we as Americans take heed of our true situation and seek the path of peace that only God can provide?
Hands of Peace*
Read below, a remarkable tweet sent during the attack from our pastor Todd Wagner of Watermark Community Church on the war zone and the broader invisible war. 
How will you respond?


"It is approaching midnight in Dallas but darkness fell hours ago in my city.
At least two snipers in elevated positions fired “ambush-style” on officers, killing 5 and wounding at least 6 others. At least one of them is a personal friend, brother in Christ and member of Watermark. Videos are flying on social media that make downtown Dallas look like a war zone.
It is a war zone. It always has been.

Tonight the war has become horribly visible but every hour of every day an invisible war has long been ongoing for the souls of the citizens and therefore for the city and country that we as its citizens create.
As part of that war, darkness has been growing in our country because for some time leaders and citizens alike have mocked the light that God in His kindness “has brought into this world, which alone enlightens every man.” (John 1:9)

While the sadness of these events will continue, surprise that they are happening should not.
We reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7We have sown unwisely and so now we weep bitterly. But we should not be shocked. Darkness breeds sadness. 

To paraphrase a wise man, “We have made men without chests and have still expected from them virtue and enterprise. We have laughed at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” Peace is abolished because of the abolition of man.
We should not be shocked. And we, as God’s people should not despair.

This trouble is not surprising or overwhelming to the spiritually appraised. Jesus has told us that we would have trouble in this world and He has reminded us that He has overcome it. (John 16:33

Our privilege as His people is to be an expression of His light in this city, confident that the darkness ultimately will not over power it. (John 1:5)

Proof of that truth is manifesting itself even as shots continue to ring out a short distance from here where I write.
The church is already coming together, leading, providing hope and working to be God’s light and reminder of God’s way.
This is how we will return to peace, begin to reconcile and learn to love one another again." (end of tweet)
See The Benefit of God's Wisdom




Today, Watermark Church will host a celebration of life for Sergeant Mike Smith, one of those killed in the ambush.
Please pray for his family and the families of the 4 other officers slain:
DPD Senior Cpl. Lorne B. Ahrens, DPD Officer Michael Krol, DPD Officer Patrick Zamarripa and DART Officer Brent Thompson.

Please DONATE to help the Dallas Police families at Assist the Officer There will be many struggles ahead.

May God bless you today,
Julie

*Graphic- the graphic was created from my son's artwork. He had traced his little hands on construction paper, cut them out and pasted them on manilla paper.
Sweet times, years ago. 

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