Friday, July 24, 2009

Red and Blue Flashing Lights

Last night we were talking with some friends in our living room when I noticed police lights flashing outside. I went out to the porch and saw four police cars, an ambulance, and a firetruck parked directly across the street from us on the far curb. There were policemen, firefighters, and paramedics everywhere. After talking with some neighbors, I found out that the woman who lives across the street was the one lying on the driveway, surrounded by medical workers. We could see them doing chest compressions, and this went on for at least twenty minutes. Finally, the men stood up and started milling away. It was quite surreal to see; was this really happening? This woman was fit and in her early 40's, I'm guessing. Not someone you'd expect to die suddenly.

Kevin and I were talking about it late last night, about how no one ever expects death to come suddenly and to the young. Will you please pray for our neighbor's 'partner' and for the others who live on our street? Please pray that God would use this tragedy to underscore the temporal nature of this life and the need to think about eternity. And pray that Kevin and I would have boldness to speak about the truth and hope that is found only in Christ.


Anne said...

Wow, Candice. What a scary thing to witness. We'll be praying for you & your neighbors.

Liz said...

How sad. Do you know if the woman was a believer?

Dana said...


Candice said...

I don't think so, Liz.

Anonymous said...

It's sad that during a time when support is needed you choose to be judgemental and holier than thou! I hope her 'partner' doesn't read your blog.

Liz said...

That makes it even more tragic!

Candice said...

Dear Anonymous, I don't know if you'll come back to read this or not, but I hope you do. My hope is that God will open your eyes to His truth, which is really the 'judgement' that you have a problem with.

Here's the bad news:

1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you.

And here's the glorious news:

11b But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

There is forgiveness in Christ for those who repent and call on His name. Amazing Grace!