May 19, 2008

everyday heroes


Last week was National Law Enforcement Week... I really wanted to take the time to write about it, but it slipped on by...

We visited the NLEM two summers ago... it moved my heart... it moved my family. In the walls surrounding the reflection pool, are carved many names... names of men and women who have died in an effort to protect us, in our own beautiful country. This year, 358 names were added. There are four lions that stand guard... regal giants that honor and protect memories. Beneath one lion is carved "The wicked man run when no one pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion. from Proverbs." And another is protector of these words,"In valor, there is hope." We wandered the walls... read some names... took time to reflect and pray. There are many families that have faced loss. We are blessed.

I have often been asked, "How do you do it?" Some have admired me that I do not worry when my husband heads out the door, ready to protect and serve. I have had my moments... but most of my thoughts focus on the job he does... the people he helps... the world he makes a difference in. My husband was created to serve... and he does his job with compassion and heart. Someday, we might face a loss like these other families... but I have always known that to ask him to make a different choice of career, would, at the same time, be asking him to change who he is...

So we honor, we serve and we pray. We put our faith in the God who loves us. We kiss him goodbye at the door, with faith and hope in our hearts... and love for our everyday hero.

2 comments:

suz said...

Awwww. this is nice.
I TOO am very proud of Eric. He is doing a good thing. Even though he harrasses me...I know he helps others. :)

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Wow. That is really cool. Please tell your husband Thank You for his service from me, a member of the public who he'll probably never ever encounter (hopefully!)