Felons Face New Father



Sometimes out of great turmoil comes hope. Must we look for it? I think Anna Soto and Jeremy Reed had to on Sunday after experiencing what may be one of the most terrifying moments of their lives. It was about 2am and they were sleeping soundly in their bed with their week old daughter sleeping right beside them. The sound of their front door being smashed off its lock woke them suddenly. The next thing they recall is seeing two strangers standing at the end of their bed with guns.

Reacting quickly, Soto grabbed the baby and retreated to their bedroom closet. Reed jumped up and immediately yelled at the men to get out as he shoved one man into the other. One of the men responded “we got guns” “I got a newborn” Reed responded. By the time he said that one of the men had grabbed the keys to Soto’s car and then both of the men ran out the front door and jumped into the vehicle. Reed chased them with their shotgun in his hand. Pointing the gun at the windshield the men ducked. Just then Reed saw flashing blue lights.

He didn’t shoot and the men sped off. The police had already been hunting the men down from a previous incident a bit early that night. When some friends heard the news they told Reed they would have shot the men. Reed said “I’m glad that nobody got hurt.” He explained to them they didn’t understand how quickly things happened and how they were driven by instinct and not conscious thought. He said he expected to be tested as a father, just not that soon after the birth of their first child.

I can imagine after that horrible event both Soto and Reed may have had some trouble finding any hope. Sometimes in life we must look for hope. If I were in their situation I think I would find hope in the resolve they had to survive under those circumstances. And having experience so early in the life of their daughter they can be hopeful of how they will handle other difficult situations that come into their lives as she grows. The truth is if your thoughts are hopeless, then your life will be hopeless. This story is an inspiration to me and it encourages me to look for hope even in the most difficult times.

“No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence gone.    As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly, he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he turns his back on life”         Orison Swetl Marden


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