This past Saturday, Jason Ellis, a close friend of our family was murdered. He was a K-9 police officer in Bardstown, Kentucky. He was ambushed on the way home from work early Saturday morning. Today is the first day that Amy will see her husband before the visitation begins. Tomorrow will be his funeral. Please pray for Amy and their two young boys (6 & 7), one of which is special needs. She will need the prayers of many Christians as her faith is rooted in the Lord. Amy is my wife’s best friend and what you read below is the letter that I sent to her today.
Today is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). The fact is Amy, Saturday was a gloomy day and one that you have dreaded since Jason became a police officer. However, it was a day that the Lord made as well. Sunday was the first day after your husband died and it was extremely difficult for you. The Lord made that day as well along with the new mercies that He delivers every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Monday was another day made by the Lord and it was also Memorial Day. We remembered Jason’s faithful service and want you to know how thankful we all are for his dedication to provide us with freedom.
Tuesday was another day made by the Lord and one that you provided great glory to Him through the press conference. Jason would have been very proud to see your strength and your reliance on God. Today is Wednesday, another day made by the Lord. Today is the day that you will see Jason again for the first time since he left the ball field last Friday night to go to work. Today will have challenges and blessings, sadness and peace. Through it all, remember that you will have your mother who loves you, your brothers who will stand with you, and many close friends to support you. Remember through all of the pain that you have another One who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24) and He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) and His name is Jesus Christ.
Tomorrow is Thursday and it is another day that the Lord will make. It is also the day for the funeral service of Jason – your faithful husband, dedicated father, committed family man, and highly respected police officer. It will be a day of many emotions that will flow like raging rivers. You will experience sadness, grief, pain, disappointment, and even anger. Behind the veil of sorrow will be a peace that passes all understanding as God accompanies you down the aisle. “Be strong in the Lord and be of good courage, your mighty Commander will vanquish the foes.” You will have hundreds of people there to show respect for Jason and support for you and your boys. Remember that in that large crowd of people, the Lord of glory, the maker of heaven and earth will be present. Trust in Him Amy!
The day following the funeral will be Friday. It will be another day made by the Lord. It will come with added challenges and new mercies created by the Lord specifically for that day. Find your refuge and hope in Christ Jesus our Lord. Saturday will be another day made by the Lord and will likewise have new mercies delivered to you from God. As the Psalmist said:
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:1-3).
As the Lord causes the sun to peak over the trees on Sunday morning, remember it is the day that the Lord has made. Sunday is a special day – often referred to as the Lord’s day. The reason is rooted in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus was brutally murdered. His body was disfigured. He was hung on a cruel Roman cross in a shameful way – completely naked – a place where the most severe criminals died. As He hung there He had the sins of all of the people who would ever call upon the name of the Lord for salvation laid upon Him. He suffered, bled, and died on the cross.
On the third day after His burial, Jesus was resurrected from the dead. As He stood in victory, murder was placed under His feet. Death was placed under His feet. Sin was placed under His feet. The devil himself was placed under His feet. He stood as the Victor over death and the grave. He has given us this hope that we too – all of us who have faith in Him – will one day have a resurrection to reign with Him as the joint heirs of glory. I love the way the Bible describes that in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Amy, may God cause the root of your soul to run deep into the well of God’s sovereignty during these days. May it be the truth of God’s unshakeable sovereign grace that provides you strength when you are weak, comfort when you are hurting, a smile when you are overcome with sadness, peace when you are unable to rest, and joy in the morning (Psalm 30:5)! Remember, God’s justice never sleeps nor slumbers and the person or people who did this horrific thing to Jason will be brought to justice. It will happen in God’s court and His vengeance is far greater than any earthly judge (Romans 12:19).
Just days after his children had died at sea through a shipwreck – Horatio G. Spafford penned these words:
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
You know that our family loves you and we are praying for you. If we can do anything – anytime – please call us.