Warning: You may want to shield kids from this post. However, I found it necessary to talk about it.
There is an officer in Philadelphia who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was doing his job and responded to a robbery. Unfortunately, she was shot in the process of protecting the public. As of now he is still alive and fighting for his life. A friend sent me an email for prayer requests for this officer. Here is what I responded:
"The Officer lives on the block of John's parent's house. We were in shock! Jacqueline (age 5)saw all the commotion and incidentally saw the news coverage. She was very upset. I told her we can help by praying for him. She was also confused about officers because they carry guns ( we had to explain why, which was a whole other discussion in itself.)
She was then angry that police put themselves in dangerous situations. She said,"They should all just come here." I'm glad she feels home is a safe place.
I didn't know what to do for her, so I called the police station and asked if it was okay to stop by. They said it was fine, but they didn't have Halloween candy because of the day's events.
We decided to bring one of our hand out bags to the station with us.( We could only afford three bags of candy and they were all opened. So I told the officers that this was for them. I didn't think it would be enough to hand out.)
I don't know how many times the officers had smiled that day, but Jackie got to see at least one.
It's amazing what that did for everyone involved. Jackie felt a little better about Police and their jobs. I felt as if I helped spread some good in a crazy world. And we encouraged a smile in a terrible situation.
I just wanted to share some good. It's not much, but it's something.
We continue to keep The Officer and all the officers in our prayers. "
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