Hope In the Darkness

I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach.  As the events of last night unfolded, we learned that five officers were killed at last night’s protest in downtown Dallas.  Seven officers and two civilians had been wounded.  Some friends and I had been at a birthday party, blocks from the protest and shooting, watching as the police cars raced past us to the scene of the crime.
This has been yet another tragic week in our nation.
As a church body, how do we respond?  We mourn and grieve in pain over the lost lives. Cop lives matter. Black lives matter. Protester lives matter.  Each person we face in our daily lives matter.  This is not dependent on color, social status, job title or religion.  Therefore, we mourn.  I am heart broken for the officers and their families, the Castile family, the Sterling family.
As we processed as a family, there was a knock on the door and a reason for hope.  A handsome young African American boy was at the door with doughnuts in hand. He works for a certain lawn company Normandy knows and loves. I came out to see the team. There were four smiling faces, ready to work hard and love on each other in spite of the fact they were each a little different when it came to their racial background.
So I smiled. I laughed. I hoped. Even as I grieve the loss of our police officers, I had hope. The darkness will not win. It cannot. Jesus promised He has overcome the world (John 16:33). 
I hoped because in the middle of all this hurt, there are several members of our church trying to do something about it. They are faithful followers of Christ, initiating in the darkness with the hope of Jesus Christ. They are foster parents, they are non-profit leaders, they are business men loving on the individual in front of them, they are teachers caring for students, they are missionaries to the orphans of the world. 
This ordinary family is trying to live out the extra-ordinary claim of Jesus, "you are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14-16). As a body, it is crucial we respond to the hurt and the darkness in our community and city with compassion and light because we represent Jesus, who entered the pain of humanity to bring healing and comfort. 

Even so, come LORD Jesus. 

I love you guys. 

Pastor John