Law Enforcement & Tragedies

Here are two Scriptures that came to mind while I was praying for the families who lost their children and loved ones in the CT tragedy last year: 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will HUMBLE themselves, and PRAY, and SEEK My face, and TURN from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)  (Emphasis mine.)

We are in trouble because of how we have treated God. We also have a very real enemy, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly,” John 10:10 (NKJV).

What Satan intends for evil, God WILL turn it into good, which may take some time. I believe and pray that God will bring a lot of good out of the CT tragedy. God has done it before and He will do it again. In the meantime, I pray that people will turn back to God, instead of blaming Him for something that an evil man did.

Lastly, I came across this picture and story that one of my friends posted, and it kills me that I can’t post or share it on Facebook because of some idiotic and comments that were listed below it. I wanted to say this after 50% of the posts: “Let me know when you have to deal with such tragedies everyday, then we will listen to your opinion. Otherwise, your ignorant comments are not necessary, and you look foolish.”

 This is the story that went along with this photo: An Officer’s Life

* “You wonder why he pulled you over and gave you a speeding ticket, when he just worked an accident where people died because they were going too fast

*You wonder why that cop was so mean, well he just got done working a case where a drunk driver killed a kid

 *You work for 8 hours, He works for up to 18 hours and has to work the next shift without a full night’s rest

*You drink hot coffee to stay awake, the cold rain in the middle of the night keeps him awake

* You complain about your spouse always working late, when the rest of us are just grateful our spouses survived the night

*You complain of a “headache,” and call in sick, he goes into work still hurt and sore from the guy he had to fight the night before, or from mandatory training in addition to his regular work week

 *You see him eating at a restaurant and you complain that your tax dollars are going toward his meal break, he pays for his meal with his own credit card but he can’t finish it because he has to run Code 3 to a traffic crash with kids trapped inside, or a Code 1 dead person

*You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket before you leave the house, He makes sure his gun is clean and fully loaded and his vest is tight, and prays that he doesn’t need to use it

*You talk trash about your “friends” or family that aren’t with you, he watches his buddy get shot at, and wounded in front of him

*You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls, while he walks through the woods looking for body parts from a traffic crash or a criminal hiding from him

*You complain about how hot it is, he wears fifty pounds of gear and a bullet proof vest in July and still runs around chasing crack heads and drunks

 *You go out to dinner, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong, he runs out before he gets his food to respond to an armed robbery and may not eat again until after his shift ends

*You get out of bed in the morning and take your time getting ready, he gets called out of bed at 3 am after working 12 hours and has to be into work A.S.A.P. for a homicide

*You go to the mall and get your hair redone, he holds the hair of some college girl while she’s puking in the back of his patrol car, and he has to smell that stench while he brings her to jail, processes her, then he gets to have his car cleaned out

*You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over, His shift ended 4 hours ago and there’s no end in sight, nor the possibility of sitting down to a decent meal

*You call your girlfriend or family and set a date for tonight, he can’t make any plans because on his off days he still gets called back into work

*You yell and scream at the squad car that just past you because they slowed you down, he’s in the driver seat of the squad car, going to cut somebody out of their car, or assist a woman in labor

*You roll your eyes when a baby cries in public, He picks up a dead child in his arms and prays that it is crying

*You criticize your police department and say they’re never there quick enough, he blasts the siren while the person in front of him refuses to move while talking on their cell phone. He races from one end of the county to the other, call after call

 *You hear the jokes about fallen officers and say they should have known better, he is a hero and runs into situations when everyone else is running away in order to make sure no one else gets hurt and loses his life doing it

 *You are asked to go to the store, or some other annoying errand by your parents, you don’t, he would take a bullet for his buddy without question

*You sit there and judge him, saying that it’s a waste of money to have them around, yet as soon as you need help he is there, and you don’t even remember to thank him.”

(Some editing done to add in my spouse’s experience.)

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