I had the sad honor tonight to minister briefly with the family of Officer Walker. It seemed such a small thing to hold his youngest baby and to pray with the wife and family gathered at Denton Regional Emergency Center. It is heart breaking to see the brothers and sisters in blue gathering in the hallways and near the doors. We all had the same questions and desires to help in any way possible, to assist the grieving. Sorting through the emotions of the night we encounter disbelief, shock, and anger. These feelings are natural and point out to us our common shared humanity. There is no shame or dishonor in tears shed and frustration expressed at such a time as this. Our Jesus wept at the grave of His friend Lazarus. He wept for us because as He told Lazarus’s sister He, Jesus Christ, is the resurrection and the life. He also wept from His own broken heart for when He took on humanity to make our salvation possible He shared all our pain including the pain of the death of those we love.
Following or together with His tears, Jesus prayed and He prayed for the grieving around Him. Sleep does not come easy tonight but prayer and thoughts on prayer do. I will be so bold as to suggest some things we can pray about so that we can turn our grief into ministry.