A Reminder from Kari Patterson

Really loved this piece from Kari Patterson. Sometimes we all need a reminder :).




A Police Wife Christmas

As a police family, holidays rarely come “on schedule.” I sometimes feel like we should have our own “Blue Line Calendar,” as we never seem to line up with the Hallmark life.  Birthdays come a week late, Christmas is celebrated a week early and anniversaries? Well… maybe next year.

Next year.

I told my husband today I feel like we’re our own sports team. “Maybe next year will be our  year.” Maybe next year, when my son is old enough to realize what the 25th of December is supposed to be, we’ll all wake up on Christmas morning together. There will be tags with all of our names (I shrugged when I was asked what I wanted this year. I knew we’d do well to see that little man had a handful of gifts under the tree). We’ll rush to the tree in anticipation, and share our memories with those closest to us.

Of course, that would have to mean it fell on an RDO or that my LEO is working something other than dayshift.

Today, he will total 15 hours.

He left at 0700, and will return around 2200. His regular shift + 8 hours of Walmart security duty. We appreciate the overtime, and little man unwrapped presents yesterday… but there’s just something hollow about a holiday when all over Facebook are pictures of families together. I’ve tried my best to escape the Christmas music on the radio. Even Sirius let me down.

Little man told me earlier that today is really just Christmas Eve.  He’s sensed it was supposed to be special.  We took my LEO his lunch he left at the house, but couldn’t really visit. You see, Christmas for officers always falls on one extreme end of the activity spectrum. Today was the busy end. He quickly grabbed his bag, and left to save the day. Who knows if he actually got a chance to eat.

I keep reminding myself how blessed we are, however. Here in Kentucky, there are multiple families who lost their heroes this year (five in the line of duty, on the blue side). Several of those hung memorial ornaments on their trees from The Siren, and I was thankful to make them. I know they’re not a joyous marker, but I do hope they’re seen as symbols of the prayer wrapped around their families from those who mourn with them.

Before I tuck in little man tonight, we’ll talk again about the real meaning of Christmas. It isn’t presents, or Santa, or elves, or magic. Truly, it isn’t anything we can fit in a box. I want to instill in him the real reason for the day we set aside.

I’ll probably have a Netflix date with the dog (might get real wild up in this house, and even pop popcorn. Watch out, now!), before lying down and preparing for the New Year.

Merry Christmas.

The Birth of Jesus

Luke, Chapter 2

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

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