I guess I'll start with the Ends.
Yesterday, I happened upon this website while I was catching up on news from Arkansas, and the war just got a lot closer to home. The young man mentioned in the forum was a member of my home church. I had known his mother only well enough to speak to her when I saw her, but my heart broke for her when I read the tragic news. Please pray for her. Her name is Linda.
My good friend and former neighbor, Doug, had been his 10th grade Sunday school teacher. He also recruited the young hero. I know he's taking it hard. Pray for him also.
The news shook the whole town, I imagine. Beebe has a population of about 5,000. First Baptist Church has an average attendance of 400-500. It must have been an amazing sight when more than 300 members of the Patriot Guard showed up to run interference for the family by blocking their view of the handful of protestors from Topeka, KS. Beebe's probably never seen anything like it.
Now on to the Odds.
How odd that a bunch of people who call themselves Christians would protest the funeral of anyone, much less a young man who died in service to our country. Could they be any more disrespectful? God does not hate people, He hates sin. ALL sin, including prejudice.
I will no longer be so quick to judge when I see a grungy dude on a motorcycle, and I will never look at a motorcycle gang the same way again.
A young woman I work with has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She's in her early 20's and has a 2-year-old son. Please pray for Jeniece.