Fallen Officer

My Dad has been in law enforcement since I was 2 years old. During that entire time we have only lost one other officer. Today we lost one of our own. The officer had been in law enforcement for over 50 years. The streets of heaven have one more officer on patrol.

Today in the sun, I bid him farewell, a man, a hero, I never knew well. Like many before him, who answered the call. Wearing a badge, he was destined to fall. Though by choice a long life and a happy old age would he have chosen, had he written the page.

But the office he chose never promised long life. Just half of his salary, for his child and his wife. He went without fear, into the darkness of night. Bringing comfort to some, to some others light. Easing their pain and calming their fears. He did his duty, never asking for cheers. A husband, a cop, he answered the call. We bid him farewell for he gave his all.

Musings

I have not been able to post anything for a while because I’ve been under the weather first with a back injury and then bronchitis. I’m slowly starting to feel better, and I praise God for my healing. I wanted to share some thoughts I wrote out a while ago.

Life is a miracle, don’t let it slip away. Open your heart to others; give of yourself each day. See the beauty in everyone regardless of where they’ve been. Some have a difficult journey and really need a friend. Share your gifts and talents; listen with your heart. Do the things you dream about but don’t have time to start. Pick a bouquet of flowers; show someone that you care. Be gracious and forgiving; life is never fair. Hold on to your courage, you may need it down the road. We all have a cross to bear; it could be a heavy load. If you practice all these things no matter where you roam, you may find both sun and rain, but you’ll never feel alone.