In the early days of our recent war with Iraq, there was an interesting phrase we seemed to hear quite often on the nightly news; "..soldiers were killed today in what appears to be an act of friendly fire." The soldiers had been killed by their own troop. This term, "friendly fire," carries the idea of something that was intentional and yet accidental. But, what adds both meaning and passion to the term is the fact it came from someone you trusted. The horrors of war are many, and death is a sad reality and outcome of war. However, can a parent ever fully find peace knowing it did not come by actions of the enemy?
It is fair to say, if we will be faithful to serve God, then faithful will come the wounds from friends. As difficult as it may be to remember, friendly fire can carry some powerful significance in our lives.
How we conduct ourselves in such shocks of life determines the stability of our trust in God and His trust of us. In the heat and battle of friendly fire, emotions surface that either unravel or double-knot the fiber of who we are at heart. Quite often, the needle used to pierce is also laced with the thread of God's character as He weaves it into our wounded soul. While it is true God desires to build our lives, it is equally true that we must give Him something to work with! A man may be a "man of God," but not yet be "God's man."
This is the video of the 28 March 2003 'friendly fire' incident involving two A-10 Thunderbolt US jets attacking a British convoy destroying two FV107 Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles killing L/CoH. Matty Hull.
"This is a tragic case of friendly fire but, make no mistake, we lost the life of a courageous public servant solely due to a violent criminal who put the lives of the police and all the people we serve in jeopardy," New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill said.
Mulkeen, who served more than six years with the NYPD, was the 37th law enforcement officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty in 2019, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a website that records police deaths. 2b1af7f3a8