The woman in the picture with a police officer is Helen Johnson from Tarrant, Alabama. She was caught stealing at a nearby Dollar General and subsequently the police were called to arrest her. Upon arriving to the store the police officer asked her what she had stole. Helen replied, “five eggs to feed my children”. Instead of arresting Helen, the officer went to the grocery store and purchased food and gave it to Helen to feed her children and herself. Helen started crying and told the officer, “Sir, this is too much for you have done for me…”. The officer replied, “Sometimes we shouldn’t apply the law, but must apply the humanity”.
“This is what the Lord Almighty said: Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another”. Zechariah 7:9 NIV
Pastor E.V. Hill used to tell of a time he received a death threat from the Black Panthers because they didn’t like his preaching about that “white Jesus”. This was his reply: “I don’t know anything about a white Christ – I know about Christ a Savior named Jesus. I don’t know what color He is. He was born in brown Asia, He fled to black Africa, and He was in heaven before the gospel got to white Europe, so I don’t know what color He is. I do know one thing: if you bow at the alter with color on your mind, and get up with color on your mind, go back again – and keep going back until you no longer look at His color, but at His greatness and His power – His power to save!”
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it reads; “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. God’s word teaches that we (his people) need to pray for forgiveness. So we are able to intercede for our country, even when those who don’t know or love God still remain sinning. God here is more concerned that we his people be introspective and confess our sins. May we as his body, his people take this to heart and pray for God’s mercy, grace, and healing of our country which is in crisis.
First responders by the nature of their job run to situations where most people run from. For the police officers this can be responding to active shooters, robberies, disorderly/mentally disturbed persons, homicides, assaults, dangerous rescue calls, and social unrest. For the fire fighter this can be responding to structure and wild land fires, explosions, and dangerous rescues. While working these calls first responders can sustain serious injuries or even death. In 2019, 89 police officers and 55 fire fighters died in the line of duty, in the United States. In many agencies trained first responder chaplains are available to help those brave men and women work through their pain and suffering. Consider praying daily for those police officers and fire fighters that stand in the gap for your community.
From a Facebook post from July 4, 2020: “I’m not a big Facebook poster but I thought this should be shared. This is a picture of a sheriff deputy sitting with grandmother today after she found my grandfather passed away. This deputy sat with her and stayed with us all the entire time. This is what the news media don’t post. Please share this and let the world know that there are still some awesome law enforcement officers.”
A picture can speak a thousand words can’t it? After Shosho Akinyele graduated from North Paulding High School on Friday she went to McDonalds to get something to eat. While she was in the parking lot she got into a fender bender with another vehicle. Upset that she had just wrecked her car and damaged someone else’s vehicle, she was overcome with emotion and began to cry. When Deputy McLaughlin arrived on scene, he calmed Shosho and gave her a hug to make her feel better. Dallas, Georgia
Note: I post these and other similar stories to show that love, grace and mercy win out more than you would ever believe, from what is reported on news outlets.