I am saddened by the events of the past couple of weeks as I am sure many of you are. Because of the events I have made it a goal to go out of my way to personally thank any law enforcement officer I come across.
These men and women put their lives on the line every day when they put on that uniform and begin their day. Families don’t know, and it has become more real to them in the past few weeks, if the hug or kiss may be the last one they may give or receive when their love ones walk out the door. Wives wonder if they will be left to raise a family on their own. Children when they reach an age that they understand what dad is doing wonder if their Dad will come home.
Many of us who do not have a family member working in law enforcement do not understand the anxiety and anxious moments spouses may feel when the phone rings while their significant other is at work. These men and women in blue and their families need our prayers and support. I have heard stories over the past week of people paying for officer’s meals and praying with them. This blesses my heart and encourages me to know there are people who truly care about out men and women in blue. It encourages me to do the same if I have the opportunity. Maybe you too can extend your wallet to cover a meal or pray with an officer.
These are not bad people. They have chosen a noble profession. One that puts their life on the line. Every people group has a bad apple or two that shows up from time to time. Even in my garden this morning I had to remove a bad tomato from the bush before it contaminated the rest of the tomatoes. Every business has to weed out bad performers periodically. But that doesn’t make the whole group bad.
Make it a point to place these men and women on your prayer lists and pray for them regularly. Go out of your way to tell them how much you appreciate their service to the community. Give them a hug or a firm handshake. Pray with them. I am sure they will appreciate it and I am sure you will feel blessed by doing so.
Scripture tells us that “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up” (Ecc. 4:9-10). Well our brothers and sisters in blue have fallen – not because of their actions but because of others – we need to be there to lift them up. Don’t let them be alone and not have another to lift them up.
Show your support. Not because you may need their help one day; but, because they deserve to be respected and honored for their service.