Good Folks, it is Friday, July 15, 2016. Eight days ago, four Dallas and one DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) officers died. The news was and still is devastating to the City of Dallas, our state and nation. The sadness brought about by this violence, as I mentioned in last Sunday’s sermon, causes some to have a “divine numbness.” It hurts all over. We grieve.
Last Monday night in our sanctuary, we hosted a community-wide service of Prayer and Hope. Pastors from the community spoke, as well as Mayor David Green and Police Chief Robert Brown. At the end of the service I asked all to hold hands. I reminded them that holding hands meant that we are in this together. We must be united. Violence, at all levels, must end.
Chief Brown commended the work of the police force in Duncanville and Dallas, as did Mayor Green. On both occasions, those in attendance gave a rousing standing ovation of appreciation to the officers present; however, Chief Brown mentioned that even police brutality must end as well (paraphrasing his words).
Prior to the service, Mayor Green gave me a plastic bag that contained a thin blue stole worn by the police chaplains in Dallas. I wore that stole during the service. I am honored by the gift and will treasure the stole and what it means.
In the plastic bag was a sticker that says these words, “Operation Blue Shield: I’m All In. 24•7•365, operationblueshield.com.
What captured my attention were the three words, “I’m All In.” Followed by “24•7•365.”
To not be All In would infer that you could be “partially in,” maybe half-way in, 9/10ths in, maybe? The words connote a spirit of total commitment. I’m All In, when it means to have law abiding citizens do their part for an orderly community. Where the right to protest and have free speech is done in a manner where civility wins the day. I’m All Inwhen injustices are eliminated and we rectify anything that does not abuse the voiceless or faceless or powerless. I’m All In.
Read me carefully, I’m All In as a staunch supporter of the men and women in blue, those who are called to protect and serve. They put their lives on the line every day. We wake up to an assurance that our streets have been patrolled the night before and any possible danger has been thwarted. I’m All In. I will do my part to have their back.
I’m All In when it comes to the church, 24•7•365. You are invited to invite others.
Blessings from Duncanville,
PS: In the next edition of News You Can Use, there will be a blurb about my Covenant Study Group starting in September and ending in May. Lots of books with various topics will be covered. I am offering a Thursday morning session at 10 A.M; hopefully, we will have enough to fill both groups.