Gunshots and Tears – Plus CMB Link Up

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Seminary Chapel -A story of crisis, helping, and emotions . . . gunshots and tears. How one seminarian served in a hard situation.
Rev is on staff at Concordia Seminary. Part of ministerial training includes Resident Field Education . . . students are assigned to local churches where they observe and participate in ministry. It’s a place where relationships are forged as they put into practice things they learn on campus.

Last month a student who serves a congregation in the heart of the city and also serves as a chaplain for the police department shared the following experience:

“Today, a church member and a newly baptized child of God (11-year-old girl), were in the neighborhood handing out flyers for our Christmas Eve service. Suddenly, gun shots began to ring out in the neighborhood. I pushed the young girl with me into an alcove, then got her across the street to the church member I was with. I then jumped the fence and ran to where the shots were.

As I approached, I saw two men on the ground, wounded. I called the police as I applied pressure to their gunshot wounds, and when they arrived there were two officers I knew well. They said these two men were gang members, and this was a gang related shooting. I stayed with the officers for a while before heading back to the church.

[Tweet “As I walked back, I noticed the blood on my hands and began to cry.”]

I cried for the kids of that neighborhood, who experience this daily. I cried for the people who have no hope. I cried for the community, as it experiences destruction. I realized then, more than ever, how in need we are of a Savior. Come, Lord Jesus, come… Save us.” (First shared on The Meyer Minute)

I’ve had so many things on my heart and mind as I’ve thought about this:

  • Yes, we each desperately need the Savior, Jesus.
  • Children in every corner of the world desperately need of our prayers.
  • Pastors and Seminarians are in the middle of life every day . . . they live and experience life with hurting people. They hurt. They need our prayers.
  • I am thankful for people who refuse to turn away. Those who care. Those who do. Those who shine the light of Jesus.

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen. Philippians 4:19–20

And now . . .

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If you’ve broken most of your 2015 resolutions already this
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Melissa will remind you to refuse to wallow in
defeat, reject the feeling of victimization,
and focus on the One who is Victorious.


Nancy describes herself as a “lover of words and all things chocolate.”
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Her post – Becoming Intentional in 2015 begins with these words:
It all happened in the same week.
I was officially pronounced “cancer free
then a few,
short days later I lost my mind…over a pair of gloves.

Go over and read the story that inspired her 2015 goal.

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13 thoughts on “Gunshots and Tears – Plus CMB Link Up

  1. As I read this story, my first thought was how the pastor, or student, first covered the child, then got the child to safety, then went back. I’m not sure I would have gone back, knowing that I too, could be shot. What a brave man. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I must say, your post today sent my morning to a very fast, sudden stop. Thank you for sharing this story. So many times life just seems to go right along, ordinary – a Friday checklist. Many link-up hosts miss such an amazing opportunity to share something different because they fear many just skip to the bottom to add their link. Yet, I’ve noticed your Friday content is ALWAYS interesting, relevant and perfect for my morning. Thank you. Loving this new community here!

  3. It seems that the tragedies in our communities and throughout the world just keep on coming . . . We do need the Lord more than ever!
    This young man was brave, indeed. I believe he will make an amazing pastor one day.
    Blessings, Deb!

  4. Deb, I’m honored to be featured among such inspiration. Thank you for sharing my story…and thank you for the challenge today to remember those who live in the midst of such darkness every day. A sobering call to intercede. Blessings! Nancy

  5. Thanks so much for including my post this week! And you get extra gold stars for spelling Plaidfuzz right! Almost every time people write it Plaid Fuzz lol. Have a blessed weekend!

  6. This is a necessary reminder today, Deb, to be prayer warriors and to be willing to look beyond our circumstances and see the need in our communities.Sometimes I can live in a bubble and miss the importance of the intercession moments like this require.
    Thanks for the reminder and for always being such an encourager to the friends you share here at your link up!
    Bless you!

  7. Stories like this not only break my heart, but make me long for the Savior’s return with even more fervor.

    Oh, how I long for that day! In the meantime, I am so thankful for the hope He gives.

    Blessings to you and yours, Deb!

  8. Hi Deb,

    Thank you for sharing this story with us. Yes, it’s heart breaking, but also underlines how we are to be there for those who are suffering, to be a vessel for our Lord’s love to work through.
    Blessings to you.

  9. Thank you Deb for this reminder of what things look like outside of “our box”. I sometimes avoid news and stories of tragedy and war because they break my heart ad I feel helpless, however….YES! It is so important to remember and pray for those who live in these dark places and strive to survive, as well as pray for Christ to enter the lives of those who so desperately need Him.

    Love and blessings to you dear friend; I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start!

  10. Thank you for sharing this story. Life is very real for all of us and for children it can be a scary and uncertain place. As an elementary teacher I am hyper aware of this since may of my students come from homes of poverty and lack of parental support. Praying for them is the best thing we can do besides the awareness that this is going on around us. Blessings and thank you for joining The Weekend Brew.

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