Having served in ministry in Louisiana several years ago, that area of the country has always been like a second home. My heart goes out to the people of Baton Rouge, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and co-workers of the brave officers who were killed by a cowardly act yesterday, July 17. We pray that the God of all comfort will make His presence real to you all during this time of grief and tragedy. We pray for a speedy recovery for the officers who were injured, and for their soon return to health, and their families and friends.
Having just been reminded of the terror attack that took place in Chattanooga one year ago this past Saturday (July 16), and the brave servicemen who were killed in that attack, I am reminded we must all remain diligent in lifting up, in prayer, our brave first-responders — police, firemen, and military personnel — who put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis so that we can live our lives in freedom and safety. In the lives of those who are willing to lay down their lives for our safety and security, we see a reflection of the One who laid down His life for our eternal “safety and security”… the One through whom we can come into the presence of God during these times of uncertainty, pain, loss, and confusion. During these difficult times, I am reminded of His words of invitation and promise…
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28
May God bless and protect our First Responders.