“Grief does not change you, Hazel.
It reveals you.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
For the past couple of days I’ve been ruminating of the notion of both change and tradition.
Today, or actually yesterday if you are reading this on Tuesday, the world of change hit me
in both the head and heart.
On Monday morning I had gotten a push notification from one of the Atlanta news channels.
There had been an early morning chase between a speeding car going 111 mph on I-20,
just outside of Carroll County…our former county home.
The Georgia State Patrol responded.
It was in the wee hours, around 3 AM—the car first complied by stopping for the State Patrolman,
but as soon as the officer exited his patrol car, the suspects suddenly opted to speed off.
Upon fleeing, the occupants of the car began firing from the car at the State Trooper.
The chase moved from the interstate into Carroll county proper…again, our former county.
Both local sheriffs and local police all responded.
The car fired upon a Carrollton Police Officer’s vehicle and two Carroll County
Three law enforcement officers were shot.
The Carrollton Police Sergeant who responded to the call was shot and in turn
lost control of his vehicle, crashing into a power pole.
The suspects kept firing on each responding law enforcement vehicle.
Eventually, one of the suspects was killed while the other, a 22 year old male,
was apprehended and taken into custody.
I was doing my regular Monday morning grocery run when I got a text from a friend
She asked if I’d seen the news…the news about the chase and the three officers shot.
It turns out that the Carrollton sergeant who was shot, and in turn crashed,
is the husband to one of our friends and colleagues from school.
Suddenly the news becomes personal…
Time stops in the grocery store.
Poor and bad choices turn into a series of vicious cause and effects for
a myriad of people.
Sergeant Holloway, the Carrollton policeman, underwent surgery on Monday
but it was not as successful as hoped for…or rather it was just simply as successful
as it could be.
The next 72 hours will be the most critical for Rob’s recovery.
I ask that you will join me in prayers for these officers, their families as well
as prayers for the boys who opted to make devastating choices.
The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan,
who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.