Heavy heart. Fallen Officer.

The officer stood and faced his God Which must always come to pass...
He hoped his shoes were shining Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you officer, How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulders and Said,"No, Lord, I guess I ain't...
Because those of us who carry guns Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent, Because the streets are awfully tough.
But, I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here...
They never wanted me around Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod...
As the officer waited quietly, For the judgment of his God,
"Step forward now you officer, you've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

Last night, we received the news that a law enforcement officer was shot and killed.
My sweet husband is 3rd generation law enforcement, and our youngest son is 4th generation law enforcement. 
Incidents like this, hit close to home.
Brothers in blue.

Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and 5 kids, and his fellow officers. 
For their hearts are heavy.

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  1. My deepest sympathy. So very sad. My husband is a former policeman and his dad was a career police officer in MI.

  2. So sorry to hear about that shooting. Praying for his family. We live in a crazy world. Mimi

  3. Wer're in Carmel California Kerin, but I clicked on Deseret News last night and saw the article. Terrible!!! Sometimes things are just more than can be endured or should ever have to be endured. So grateful for all who serve our community daily.

  4. Kerin, My heart/prayers go out to this family. Yes, how this hits close to home when your family is in law enforcement. It's a reality most don't want to think police/fireman, military give of themselves everyday, maybe their life. I pray for your family that God protects them everyday of their life serving the community. Blessings~~~Roxie

  5. I'm so sorry. I hate hearing news like this. Praying for that family.

  6. Hi Kerin~

    Oh, how terribly sad, my thoughts and prayers will be with his family. The poem was very touching, those officers who get up everyday and protect us are amazing human beings, so thankful for them!

    Gentle Hugs,

  7. How tragic! I couldn't finish your post without tearing up. All the law enforcement personnel have my deepest admiration for protecting us at great risk to themselves. Tell your husband and son "thank you" for their service for me! I will prayer for the fallen officer's family.

  8. Very sad- thoughts and prayers will be with his family.

  9. Tragic and sad Kerin. My caring goes out to the officers family. And to you, your husband and son.

  10. Thanks to everyone for the heart-felt comments.
    You are all so compassionate..... for that I thank you.

  11. So sorry to hear this. My husband spent 23 years on the force, so hearing this really hits home.


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