A Dark and Stormy Night

We walked down the stairs. I pushed the button, watched the garage door open and stared into thick white fog. Ken and Nancy’s house across the street was invisible. “Jerry, we can’t drive in this.”

We were dressed for church and would attend a special prophecy meeting down in Rialto. We knew cold weather and snow were predicted for tonight, but neither of us had noted that we were already socked in with fog. Back upstairs, I checked the internet to see if anyone had posted about road conditions lately, and noticed then that a winter storm warning had been upgraded by the National Weather Service and that we are predicted to receive 6 to 8 inches of snow beginning around midnight tonight. Jerry called Rebecca and told her we wouldn’t make it to the meeting.

An ominous atmosphere already surrounded us here in the San Bernardino Mountains, and we had left extra lights on in the house as we had headed down to the car. There is a gunman loose here in our mountains, and he has already killed three people. You may have heard about it already. He was seen a few hours ago in Big Bear, after setting his truck on fire, and then escaping through the snowy grounds.

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Policemen are combing our mountains, and crews are stationed at the foot of all highways leading into our areas. Christopher Dorner wrote and posted a 14 page manifesto in which he laid out his grievances against law enforcement agencies, and in which he listed many of them as targets. Because this is a mountain resort area, there are many unoccupied homes and cabins in which he could hide. Officers are making house to house checks trying to find him, while at the same time knowing he may have escaped this area and may have headed somewhere else.

http://news.msn.com/us/ex-cop-suspected-of-3-killings-sees-himself-as-crusader

As I worked about the house today, before I completely followed this story, I heard an announcer quote Mr. Dorner as saying, “I do not fear death, as I died long ago.”


I stopped what I was doing and called these words to Jerry’s attention. They have haunted me all day, and do so now.

Our world is so sick, so filled with sadness. Healthy looking, happy looking men and women walk among us–but they are dead. The walking dead. (Follow that link to see a good picture of him.)

What can we do? Are we doing all we can? What is causing this? I truly would like to hear your thoughts on this tonight, here on my blog. Spend a minute and leave a comment.

In the meantime, the wind is howling around our house, the temperature is dropping, the fog is thick outside our windows, and soon the snow will begin to fall.

And somewhere is Christopher Dorner . . . dead.  May God have mercy on us.

9 thoughts on “A Dark and Stormy Night

  1. Our Pastor justed preached that we need to be more moved then ever in these times for the Holy Ghost to be seen on us whereever we go. We are the one’s to make the difference for such a time as this. Maybe then some “Dorner’s” will come to God before it is too late.

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  3. Anonymous

    Sis Buxton. I have always believed that satan has let loose some of his demons. I don’t believe satan is omni present like God. But he has legions of demons. I know this for a fact because I had a run in with one myself several years ago.
    . These demons get into people’s minds and causes them to think and do horrible things.And, I think it will only get worse as the return of our Jesus draws closer. Love you.

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  4. Michael

    The book of John chapter 10 speaks to this and says, “the enemy comes to to steal, kill and destroy.” I see this so often in our CIP class as the enemy has kept good on his promises. It gives us all hope to know the scripture doesn’t end there, but The Lord will give back to us what the enemy has taken and will heal, forgive and renew us with his power.

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  5. Reading Christopher Dorner’s manifesto today, that same sentence jumped out at me. My mind was immediately drawn to the scripture in Ephesians that says, “They were dead in their trespasses and sins.” Those, as you put it, “walking dead,” cannot live without the deliverance and resurrection power from Christ.

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  6. Tena, this is so true. I am grieved tonight. It is so cold, but it is Mr. Dorner’s cold soul and mind that is so sad.

    Thank you for your response, your concern, and your love. We don’t feel afraid, although we are being cautious–doors securely locked, security lights on in front and back, and a little treasure of Jerry’s standing ready in his closet.

    Miss you.

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  7. Sis. Buxton, I am praying for your safety and that they will catch him before he kills anyone else.

    As far as his quote goes…it would seem to me that he feels he has nothing to live for. I think a lot of people feel that way. Which means, every day, we must be sensitive, watchful, aware, alert to any opportunity to share the love of Jesus with these “dead already” souls passing us by. We must not get so wrapped up in ourselves and our own lives that we miss them. Lord, help us to be ever watchful. Help us see people through Your eyes.

    Love you two very much.

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