On October 2nd, 2019, in Texas we witnessed two highly charged situations involving two police officers. Both involved in senseless killings. One was a victim, killed in the line of duty, and the other was a villain, who killed a man in his own apartment. Both situations showed the dichotomy of the anchoring force and power of love; a sadly beautiful moment which exemplified our humanity.
The death and funeral of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal brought the community together in Houston. Members of various law enforcement agencies attended the funeral. The color blue was worn also by well wishers; it was a sea of blue. Even City Hall was lit in blue that evening.
This was pageantry of enormous proportion with lights, parades, gun salutes, motorcades. It was a funeral fit for a king. Did the deputy know he was so well loved? Sometimes I wish we would give these accolades to people while they are alive. Alas, no one knows when his or her last days on earth will be.
As Mrs Dhaliwal was presented the flag of the United States of America, which draped the coffin, she clung to the white-gloved hand of the Officer with sorrowful eyes, which melted our hearts.
The love, support, and comfort shown to the bereaved family was totally overwhelming. The family in tern expressed their sincere appreciation and exclaimed “there is still love in the world.”
On the other hand, at the court house in Dallas we saw grace in motion when the brother of Bothan Jean, the gentleman who was killed in his own apartment by Officer Amber Guyger caught everyone by surprise when he asked if he could hug her. That embrace as she sobbed on his shoulder was indelible. Judge Kemp gave Ms Guyger a Bible and told her to “start here.” The judge also hugged Ms Guyger and Mrs. Jean, the mother of Bothan. Unbelievable! No one will soon forget that scene.
It is so easy to hate; but it is much easier to love. That embrace gave Ms Guyger peace and permission to carry on with her life, albeit in confinement. The Bible is indeed a starting point. The Word of God always speaks to our hearts. For in the Word one finds hope and life.
It was a remarkable event, for an officer rarely gets convicted for anything. In the meantime protesters were chanting “no justice no peace” unaware of what was happening inside. Peace was being made, which no human justice can bestow.
Some critics say the judge should not have given the Bible to Ms Guyger. What would they prefer that she be given back her gun? What’s wrong in giving convicts Bibles? This would be the perfect time for them to sit, read, and reflect.
It won’t surprise me at all if one day Ms Guyger emerges from prison (she was sentenced to ten years) as a Bible worker. Who knows? Or perhaps she may find herself in St Lucia in search of her new family. Call me optimistic. With God all things are possible.