Bill had cleaned and loaded the gun. He knew that he had no other choice but to stop the abuse. Conversations had not worked, threats did not stop it and the bruises were more than he could stand to see. Jessica was Bill’s only daughter and since she had married Jim her life had only gotten worse. They had been married for a few years and had two children.
Jim had been unable to hold down a job for any length of time, which is common for alcoholics. His drinking had increased over time along with the abuse.
Ok, I have the answer. There is no need to continue searching. I now know the one song we should sing in all of our churches. We can sing it regardless of our background, denomination, or musical preferences. It was sung by Mary and Moses, Paul and Silas, Peter and John, Job and Jeremiah and a host of other men and women across time.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes the song in his book, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
Every year our church participates in community Holy Week Services. One church will serve as host for the community services with a different Pastor bringing the message each day. On this day, the privilege was mine. I came early to make sure everything was set up and in place. Upon my arrival, the sound man at that church gave me a wireless microphone to attach to my lapel and the battery pack for my belt. I was wired and ready to go.
There is a well known Bible story found in Matthew and Mark. If you have been around church anytime at all chances are you have heard of it. One night the disciples are rowing their boat across the sea of Galilee when a storm moves in on them. Being in the water at night is bad enough but when a storm moves in on you things will go from bad to worse.