Several years ago, while I was working as a reporter for a local...

Several years ago, while I was working as a reporter for a local newspaper, I spent some time working on an article about rural poverty in our area. In the process I became acquainted with a welfare mother who served as one of my major sources of information. A few years later the welfare mother and I met again, but under different conditions. This time we met in a desperate situation involving policemen and guns.

By that date I had reduced my reporting work to part time and had gone back to college. I was at home studying for an exam one afternoon when a friend called to tell me that a "gunman" had taken over the nearby utility office. She added that police had surrounded the building.

I called the paper to tell my husband, who is an editor there. He said he knew about it already, so I went back to my studies. But first I prayerfully affirmed that this individual was really God's perfect child. I also acknowledged that evil is unreal and therefore powerless to cause harm. It was as if God were preparing me for what was to come next.

January 20, 1986
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