Back the Blue
Whatever You Do!
You Have No Idea
What We Go Through!
The simplicity prevailing from the heartfelt stories heard from many desperate, yet heroic, LEO (law enforcement officer) wives is overwhelming. One shares, My comfort is governed by the fact of feeling his skin sleeping next to my scared and fragile body. Another shares, The comforting sound and melody of his snores when I have not heard even the slightest peep from him in days. Many announce, The power coming from the thunder of his boots as he quietly opens the front door. One reiterates, The fact and reassurance in knowing that My Man is home, even if all that means is to catch but a glimpse of him similar to checking on the kids before bed. Many share that the comfort and solace to their freaked out persona is found in his touch and those tender and meaningful moments of his gentle kisses!
The most disturbing and heartbreaking due to today’s violence… His backup is on the other end of the island. I do not dare get off my knees once he leaves the house. I’m afraid!!! What if he needs backup and gets shot and I fall asleep and don’t hear the phone? I am so overwhelmed and exhausted! Even our kids are full of fear.
I don’t know about you because I’m guilty here, but a common phrase that a lot of us girls utter vicariously is, “Oh, I love a man in uniform.” What many of us girls don’t realize is that being the beloved bride of a law enforcement officer requires selfless loving. Want to know how to live out the definition of 1 John 4:7-21, marry into law enforcement. This means there’s no room to be weak, needy, insecure, clingy or even self-centered. No one ever said it would cost so much; yet night shift wives grieve, “That’s when their scent on the pillow has to be enough!”
Matthew 5:9 tells us that “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” We need peace today in our culture, especially as fragile as the world is today. Just because some bad cops refuse to honor the badge, it does not mean the integrity and character of all law enforcement is corrupted.
Instead of bringing division through disagreements and violence and riots to get our voices heard, how about we take that negative energy, agree to disagree, and exert it in praying for the lives of all law enforcement officers and their families, especially the wives. These courageous women grow more fearful each passing day and we need to extend our love, support and encouragement to include more than just prayer.
The image below disturbs me because of its validity and truth. There is heightened awareness needed here, “Come Home Safe”? Ponder that. A gentle reminder implanted on the backside of the front door.
My heart is heavy, especially right now, for all law enforcement officers, their wives/partners and children. They give so much to their communities to keep order and control, and yes, even a speeding ticket for those of us who need to slow down at times, so shouldn’t we in turn give back a little of our time to pray for, pray over, love on, support and encourage those who are doing everything in their power to be the peacemakers that Jesus talks about?
If you know of a police officer and their family, won’t you please consider offering some sort of comfort and encouragement to them by offering to pray for daily protection, bring a meal, drop some flowers off, offer hugs and a listening ear, even an introduction, and just let them know how much we appreciate EVERYTHING THEY DO! Who knows, you might make a friend for life, but if not, you are pouring out love and bringing unity into our communities by reaching outside of the comforts of your own protected home and offering golden nuggets filled with love as you sprinkle support that will initiate peace that surpasses all knowledge. Peace is the golden nugget here that can only be found in Love!
This post is dedicated to all law enforcement wives/partners and their families…