Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 5:34AM
Roger Reid

It seemed to be just another ordinary, but in a few hours everything was about to change.  A woman called her husband at and told she thought something was going on next door.  She told him their are a lot of cars there.  Because of his neighbor's occupation, he feared the worst, and soon those fears were realized.  His neighbor, who was a policeman had just been killed in the line of duty, trying to stop the escape of two bank robbers.  The community was stunned. 

The man had no time prepare for his death.  Yet he was ready.  His faith in Christ was secure, and his reputation as a remakrable man was intact.  At his funeral, attended by hundreds of fellow officers, his colleague said, "He was a dedicated police officer, but first and foremost he was a loving husband and a doting father to his children."  Indeed the theme of tributes all centered on his great possibility and his love and care for his family.  

His life exemplified the words of Colossians 3:12-13, "Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other."  Those traits leave an inspiring legacy.

We don't know when God will call us home, but we do know this: "Each day is an opportunity to leave a testimony worthy of our faith."

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