A place of writing and reflection…
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Today’s post comes from a good friend mine with a good word on those who serve in places of authority, especially our many local law enforcement officers who work diligently to keep the peace:
I read the news quite often, and sometimes I get the feeling that I am watching the world burn. Violence, politics, racism, and ISIS seem to dominate the headlines.
As a Christian, I know how it all ends, but here in the moment it is easy for me to feel helpless and hopeless.
I struggle with anxiety, and knowing whats wrong in the world makes it worse. I can’t sleep sometimes. I over think situations.
Even in the midst of all that, I do know what is right in this world, and who is right, and one of those people was Officer Garrett Swasey.
I did not know him personally, and I have actually never met him, but based on his actions and on the testimonies of others, he was definitely a right part of society. He willingly gave his life at an institution that he was very much opposed too. He did it because it was more than his job or duty; he did it because it was the right thing to do.
I think as a society we take our LEO’s for granted.
We get irritated at them when they do their job. What we do not see is the crimes they respond too. The broken bodies and wrecked vehicles in fatal alcohol related accidents. The children who get removed from active drug labs. The battered spouses in domestic violence cases. The bullet riddled bodies after a drive by. The silent prayers they say when they clock out and drive home at the end of a shift.
All we see is when one of them messes up or gets caught breaking the law, and then we judge them all by that one bad example.
I would like to thank all LEO’s tonight. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for keeping the peace, and in your corner of the world making things better and right. I have no doubt that many of you have had far more sleepless nights than I have had, seen things that make you far more hopeless, and are always looking over your shoulder.
God Bless all of you past and present.
RIP Officer Swasey.
The Faithbook 2015