I woke up early Friday morning to the news that five Dallas police officers had been murdered, and I immediately started frantically texting the cops who are part of my church to see if they were safe. When the first response came back–“I am here on the scene, but I am okay”–I was overwhelmed with gratitude. And then I felt guilty that I felt grateful, because the fact that my friends were safe necessarily meant that someone else’s weren’t. But that’s the way it always is, isn’t it? We are all so nearsighted when it comes to suffering.
[Dallas Police Chief David Brown (source: Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)]