Last night the news broke of local Sheriff Deputy who was shot and killed during a shootout. He leaves behind a wife and 3 young children. He was 42 years old. Another officer was also injured and life flighted to a Seattle hospital. (We live 1.5 hours from Seattle, incident was Around 2 hours from Seattle) My heart instantly broke for the families of these officers who were doing their job and in doing so their lives are forever changed.
I have several wonderful friends who their husbands are in law enforcement. Over the years I have listened and watched them in their roles. I have watched them grieve as other officers have lost their lives. I have listened, And read, as they shared stories of things happening to the man they love and chose to marry. I have watched as tears poured down faces of these wonderful women. They chose to marry an officer, so they carry the burden as well. The spouses of those who serve in Law Enforcement (and those in the military) are super heroes in my book. You wear an invisible cape just like your spouse.
Today and every day, I want you to know we see you. We see you as you grieve with each wife or husband that looses their spouse in the line of duty. You have a special bond with them that unites you. You are in the sisterhood that will never be broken. We see you as you go about your days loving those around you and serving them, but in the back of your thoughts is always in prayer for your spouse and others in law enforcement. Every time your spouse comes home from work you breathe a grateful prayer of thanksgiving that God brought him/her home to you once again. You enjoy every moment with your spouse even more so because they are in the first line of protection. You send them off to work every day so those in your community can be safe. You hear the hate spurred at those in Law Enforcement and your heart hurts. If only they knew your spouse they would feel different. Yes, there are bad apples in every profession, but because they are those sworn to protect the citizens of this great Country they are more in the limelight. The officers who make bad choices tend get the light put on them and the millions of other great officers tend to get forgotten at times. All of the Law Enforcement officers I know are men of integrity and honor. I know the choice to end a life is not one they take lightly. We see you as you talk about riots in other places against police officers and your heart hurts. Even if the shooting of a person was justified your spouse and all Law Enforcement have suddenly become villains instead of heroes. We hear you when YOU thank US for supporting you, your spouse and others in this position. WE ARE the GRATEFUL ones for your sacrifice. We see you as you stand faithfully by your spouse knowing the risk is great but worth it. We see you as you parent your children as a single parent many times because overtime is needed or your spouse is called away. We pray for you as you walk through the waters alone and ask God to give you wisdom and Strength. You have learned that being flexible is the only way to live life fully with your spouse. We see you sit alone at school events for your kids, But Always leaving the seat next to you empty just in case your spouse can pop in for a few minutes. We see you video each moment because replays are fun to watch later as a family and because this is how you have learned to live these moments. We see you as you play both spouses at times and do it with grace, even if you don’t think so. You never complain. Never have I heard one Law Enforcement spouse complain. We see you as you pour so much into those around you, even when you have other things on your mind. We see you as you cuddle your babies and go about life knowing it can change in a heartbeat. We see the loves you have, coffee, your grandkids/kids, spouse and above all God. We see these things and so many More.
We see the sacrifices you make and we are grateful beyond words. We pray God’s protection on your spouse and your family. We pray God’s protection and peace on all who serve in Law Enforcement. You are our heroes and deserve respect more than is given to you. Thank you for loving our communities enough to share the one you love most in this world with us. I want you to know we see you, we hear you and we are forever grateful.
Edited 6/11/2020 from the original post:
We see the weight of extra worry on your shoulders right now with all that is going on. Let us be your Aaron and Hur In Exodus 17:12. We will hold you up to God when you are tired. The battle that is going on will come to an end. You will make it through. We will spend time praying for you and encouraging you because we see you. We see your families and kids as well and the sacrifices they make. More importantly than us seeing you is the God of the universe seeing you. We are praying His protection around your spouse, your kids and you. Thank you for serving. We are grateful beyond anything words can express.