Dear Officer, I See You.

Dear officer….we see you.

Humanizing The Badge

Dear Officer,

I want you to know that I see you.  I see you choose the booth in the restaurant that allows you to have your back against the wall.  I see you walking to your next traffic stop while you hope that it isn’t your last.  I see you pulled over, two hours past your shift, as you finish your reports under a street light.  I see you as you direct traffic in the scorching heat, the gusting snow, and the downpour of rain.  I see you being filmed every time you try to do your job.   I see you as you watch mainstream media crucify your character while minimizing your cause.  I see that you are tired.  I see that you are frustrated and misunderstood.   I see that you are hurting as the world watches you bury your brothers and sisters that died because they were…

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Sometimes, “it’s” not about me. I can make “it” about me. I can drive myself nuts wondering why “it’s” about me and how I can fix “it”. I can lay awake at night, stare at the ceiling and have a burning in my chest wondering about whatever “it” is. But, if “it’s” not about me, then what have I accomplished?

Other times, “it” is completely about me. Sometimes, I don’t want to fix “it” because, as Martha Graham once said, “What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.” Most of the time, given the opportunity, I will fix “it” and grow.

Not given the opportunity? Well, then, I solemnly believe “it’s” about them.

Well, Did You Know?

  • All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14

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  • Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,

    You’re so blessed among women,
        and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
    And why am I so blessed that
        the mother of my Lord visits me?
    The moment the sound of your
        greeting entered my ears,
    The babe in my womb
        skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
    Blessed woman, who believed what God said,
        believed every word would come true!

    46-55 And Mary said,

    I’m bursting with God-news;
        I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
    God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
        I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
    What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
        the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
    His mercy flows in wave after wave
        on those who are in awe before him.
    He bared his arm and showed his strength,
        scattered the bluffing braggarts.
    He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
        pulled victims out of the mud.
    The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
        the callous rich were left out in the cold.
    He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
        he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
    It’s exactly what he promised,
        beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

Y’all, Christmas is different for me since I became a mama. It still maintains its focus on the birth of Jesus, but I get really introspective about being a mom and what Mary must have dealt with throughout the life of Christ, too. I cry every year for her! The song “Mary Did You Know” trips. me. up.

Anyway, I came across this and thought it was incredible. I wanted to share it with you.

http://www.unionchurch.com/teaching-resources/sermon-archive/a-mothers-perspective-marys-story/ More

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