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So Close...Almost...But Dead

Robert Woods was a 27 year-old Dallas police officer. He died on November 28, 1976 after being shot five times with a pistol. The man convicted of the crime was Randall Dale Adams. He spent 12 years in prison but his conviction was overturned as a result of the movie entitled The Thin Blue Line (a name used to describe the police). The crime remains unsolved.

Woods had pulled a vehicle over for driving with no headlights. As he approached the car the driver shot him five times. The ironic and tragic thing was that Wood's wife had bought him a bullet-proof vest and was going to give it to him for Christmas, less than a month away. Officials said if he had been wearing the vest, the .22 bullets would most likely not have taken his life.  So close...almost...but dead!

The warning found in James 4:13-17 needs heeding as much today as when Officer Woods was killed and even as much as when James wrote it... 'you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money,' you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes; ...anyone who knows the good he ought to do ana doesn't do it, sins."

Is there someone you need to visit? A call you need to make or a letter you intend to write? Is there sin you need forgiven of? Are you planning someday to obey the gospel? Are you waiting to get everything in order before you come back? Don't be one of those who almost did it...but put off and found out it was too late!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward