Friday, January 28, 2011

In Memory of Fallen Officers

Can't stop thinking about officers Thomas Baitinger and Jeff Yaslowitz today. Both were shot in the line of duty this past Monday morning.

This is the second funeral in the past few months that I have personally seen God work in a LARGE way. God has used these people of strong faith in Him to be an example to others and maybe even win their salvation for eternity.

Jeff and his wife were strong believers and KNEW that they would soon be tested. Jeff's wife Lorraine even claims that she KNEW that morning would be the last time she would see her husband, that this would be the day of their family's testing and faith.

It's amazing how as wives and mothers, our natural born instinct is to protect, to nurture, to comfort, to soothe, to nurse a child (or accident-prone back to health. This wife knew she was going to be tested. She knew it would be big and something that she may not be able to "fix" as all mothers like to "fix" things. She never got to comfort her husband. She didn't get to kiss him goodbye or lay beside his hospital bed to comfort and take care of him. But I'm confident that she knows he's being comforted and being taken care of better than anyone ever could. Even his earthly soul-mate. He's in the arms of Jesus.

We all know that if we truly have a one-on-one relationship with God that our faith will be tested at some point. It's just a matter of when and how. But isn't that God's ultimate goal, is to get us to that level of obedience (like Abraham) and intimacy where we're willing to sacrifice it ALL for Him? Where we're willing to lay it all on the line for others to gain salvation because we know our own destiny? It's so much easier said than done!

Anyway, this story has been moving me all week and after hearing some more details today, I just had to share. Please continue in prayer for this city. Please continue in prayer for our officers. And please continue in prayer for these families as they miss the physical presence of these great heroes.

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