El Paso: Arturo Sandoval, spokesman for the Attorney General of Chihuahua, announced this week that Juarez set a grisly record of 3000 murders this year. During an interview with CNN he chronicled the rise in murders as follows:
“Last year we had 2,656. The year before in 2008 it was around 1,500 and in 2007 we had about 300. Can you imagine?”
When a law enforcement leader longs for the day when a city has only “300” murders you know times are bleak.
This morning, I ministered to a Juarez father whose wife was beaten and robbed of her grocery money as she made her way to the market. As I shared with him I could see the helplessness and hopelessness in his eyes. He shared with tears in his eyes:
“This has been the worst year of my life.”
When will the senseless violence come to an end?
As we look forward to Christmas my heart holds to the words of Isaiah 9:
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
Oh how we long for the Prince of Peace to rule and reign over our land!