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Local News 5.15.2018

Today is National Peace Officer Memorial Day, and the family of a Pella officer killed on duty 38 years ago continues to remember his legacy.  John E. Van Haaften was shot and killed in April of 1980 while conducting an undercover drug bust in Knoxville.  His daughter Tricia Van Zee says her father loved the community and serving and protecting the public, as the many officers around the country do every day, including those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Sharyl Hanthorn was married to John when he was killed, and she honors him annually with a scholarship given to graduating high school seniors. She hopes his legacy lives on through those students.

The Avenue of Flags will go up at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville on the morning of May 25th and stay up for Memorial Day to remember those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  More than 250 flags will be raised, with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps following the raising ceremony at 7 a.m. on the 25th. Mike Kuhn with Marion County Veterans Affairs says a large number of veterans and volunteers help with the event because they’re patriots, love their country, and many have served or had a relative who served, or have lost a loved one and the event is a way to honor their memory.

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What to do with a Troubled Heart
Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:17

There is no greater answer for our troubles than to have a conversation with our Lord. Not a one-sided conversation but truly enter a time of listening. Often, we want to share our anguish but how regularly do we want to hear feedback. This prayer takes more than sharing our troubles for it takes waiting in His presence and receiving instruction.

We all have a trusted friend we share the troubles of our heart with but what if we looked towards God as a trusted friend and confidant. He is ready to hear from us and will help us as our friend with the problems we carry.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

He calls us his friends and His desire is to sit with us in our troubles and anguish. His friendship is motivated by love for us for His very essence is love for us. When He approaches our problems, he hears them through love, so I’m not sure why we wait to carry all our difficulties to our friend.

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What trouble do you have that you can take to your friend?
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