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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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The Greatest Attitude
15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15
David now proclaims to God that his life is in His hands. This kind of attitude will keep us walking steady without responding negatively to all the evil in the world. This perspective will also keep our heart bent towards God no matter what the cost. David remembers God is in control of not only his life but the very cosmos he is living in.

Many of us struggle through life because of our attitude towards our troubling situations as we grant the circumstances of life permission to guide our attitude. For most, if all threats are gone in life our attitude can remain positive and fortunate. However, the minute we experience an unfortunate occurrence, our attitude can plummet. We have to make daily choices of how we will remain by saying “my times are in your hands.”

It is a matter of choice of how we will or will not be provoked by our troubles. David’s attitude rose above his life-threatening circumstance to realize God is in control. I wonder if he knew deep in his heart, that if the current situation took his life, the battle would be over. God will carry us through all battles of life but only if we allow His involvement. If we choose to dwell on the negative, is there any room for God’s participation in our life? What would happen if we agreed with David and said, “My times are in your hands.”

Today in the Workplace
How is your attitude towards the troubles of life? Surrender control today and find the joy of the Lord.
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