However, the recent tragedies in our nation have been absolutely heartbreaking . . . and so close to home. When I woke up to the news Friday morning that five Dallas police officers had been shot and killed (and several more injured), I was unable to stop the tears. Later that afternoon, as I drove through Dallas on my way out of town, the traffic signs that normally tell how long it will take to get to the next major intersections all read "Downtown Area Closed Due To Police Activity" and all the flags along the highway were at half-mast. And I cried again . . . for the senseless killings, for the families whose lives are forever changed, for the unrest that is enveloping our nation, for the racism that is dividing us, for the fear and anger that is everywhere.
The Dallas Chief of Police was interviewed on CNN Sunday morning. I can't imagine what he is going through, but I have been totally impressed with his professionalism, his ability to stay focused on the issues and not be drawn into the debates about racism and gun control, his profession of faith, and his desire to serve. (You can watch his interview HERE and HERE.)
Honestly, I don't know what to do to be of help . . . except to pray and share the love of Jesus with others. I spent all day Saturday teaching illustrated Bible journaling in Corsicana, enjoying my time with other women who love the Lord and want to draw closer to Him. That afternoon, several of the local residents left class for an hour to help line the streets of that small town (with temperatures over 90 degrees) as they brought the body of one of the fallen police officers back to his hometown. A simple way to show their support and appreciation for the men and women who serve and give their lives to protect us.
I don't have any pretty pictures or crafty projects or answers here on my blog today, just sharing that my heart is broken for our nation.
God, Bless the USA!