The Fallen Crum

As Jesus was preaching in the lands of Tyre and Sidon (Southern Lebanon), a local woman approached Him, begging for mercy to heal her demon possessed daughter.

This lady was not of the house of Israel.

Here’s what happened–Mark 15:21-28

Jesus…withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon…a Canaanite woman…came out and began to cry out, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.’ But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, ‘Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she said, ‘Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once.

The perseverance of this woman, and her understanding of simple things, like crumbs falling from a table, helped make her family whole.

As a person who proudly works within the law enforcement industry, I could not let the death of West Virginia Sheriff Eugene Crum go without mention.

Here’s an excerpt from the Washington Post.

In three months and two days on the job, he’d already helped indict dozens of suspected drug dealers through Mingo County’s new Operation Zero Tolerance. Authorities haven’t said whether that work was related to his shooting death at midday on a street in the small town of Williamson on Wednesday, but residents and county officials suspect it…Authorities were mum about a possible connection between Crum and the suspect, 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard, who was shot and wounded by a Mingo deputy following a chase and after state police said he pulled a weapon.

It’s never an easy thing to say goodbye to a law enforcement officer who’s made the ultimate sacrifice.

In this case, sad as we are, courage and a desire to do the simple things–arrest the wicked–will be what the family/community of Sheriff Crum will embrace, to carry them through their grief.

Rest in peace Eugene.

You’re a Crum who’s fallen–who–like Christ, died to help friends and strangers oppressed by evil.

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