She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial.- Mark 4:8 

This morning I had trouble getting out of bed. 

This morning I shed a few tears. 

The events of last night hit way too close to home for me. Most of the events unfolded near the college that I currently attend. 

Five police officers were killed in the line of duty as they were trying to keep the peace and maintain safety for the people of Dallas, Texas during a protest. It was the deadliest day in Law Enforcement since September 11, 2001 when more than 70 members of Law Enforcement were killed. No need to remind you what happened that day. 

I watched last night in painful horror as newscasts showed many personnel from Baylor Hospital dressed in gear like they were going right to surgery once the patients got there or they were going to be dealing with serious trauma patients and there was no time to spare.  It was like watching an episode of Gray's Anatomy. 

Is this real life right now? 

I'm not going to lie: I feel helpless. 

In the book of Mark, we find the story of Jesus at the home of Simon the Leper when a woman approaches him and does the unthinkable...at least in the minds of the people that were a witness to the exchange. She breaks an alabaster jar that was filled with very expensive perfume, THEN she poured the expensive perfume on Jesus' head. 

Wait, what? 

The Bible says that people scolded her for doing such an outrageous thing. All they cared about was the fact that the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Although that is a very noble thing to get upset about, thinking of others who are in need, Jesus responded differently.  He responds by saying that they will always have the poor (some things never change) and they can always do good for them whenever they wanted, but they won't always have Jesus physically with them, and what she did was in preparation for his burial. She did what she could.

What in the world does this story have to do with the events of last night into this morning and us? 

Everything.

If you woke up this morning with the same feeling of helplessness and sadness that I did, let me encourage you with some truth that I had to remind myself. You are not helpless. There is something you can do. In fact, there might be many things you can do. Here are some ideas: 

1. Send cards to the police department

2. Give Blood

3. Bake cookies and bring them to the department and personally thank them for their service. Don't forget the milk. 

4.  Have an attitude of Christ-like love for ALL people. Whether they are Christians now or not, they are still made in the image of God. Act like it. Treat people like it. 

5. Respect authority. Their job is to serve and protect, our job is to obey (see Romans 13: 1-7)

6. When you see an officer in uniform, offer to buy them coffee or dinner, heck, buy their groceries. If you are unable to do that, offer a hug and a word of encouragement, thanks, or maybe even a prayer.

7. Pray. Continually pray (see 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) 

8. Ask the department how you can be of service to the police officers who are injured and the families of the officers who have passed away. 

This is my point: EVERYBODY can and should do SOMETHING.  So GO and DO. 

#PrayforDallas #IBackTheBlue #Dowhatyoucananddoitnow 

Dont forget that HE loves you and so do I,

Shelley Olsen 

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