2017-05-17 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Late Mother's Day greetings/National Police Week
By Larry G. Spence

We had so much going on last week that I was barely able to knock out a column around 5:30, which is past the deadline but we got it in. We had to settle for the back part off the paper though, but that's understandable. The reason I bring it up is because I want to wish all the wives, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers who helped to raise children a belated Happy Mother's Day. I hope if your mother is still with you, you got to spend some time with her or at least give her a phone call. I wish I could call mine. A special thanks to my lovely wife for being a wonderful Mom to all the boys.

I read an illustration the other day concerning a young Pastor who was sent to a conference by his congregation in hopes he could gain a little experience. At one of the main sessions a nationally known Pastor opened his message by saying, "Some of the best days of my life were spent in the arms of another woman. Those in attendance gasped and held their breath until he finished by saying," they were my mother's arms. The young Pastor took a liking to the illustration and thought he might try it himself when he got back home. Sure enough a couple weeks later for a Mother's Day service he opened his message by saying, "Some of the best years of my life were spent in the arms of another woman." You could of heard a pin drop, everyone was turning to look at the Pastors wife to see her reaction. Trying to regroup the Pas- tor was flustered and said it again. Seeing everyone with a panicked look on their faces, he finally blurted out, "but for the life of me, I can't remember who she was." Well we all need to remember if it wasn't for those loving arms of Mother, none of us would be here.

Stepping back in time to 1963, President Kennedy signed into effect a law making the week of May 15th each year National Police Week and May 15th of that week each year to be designated as Police Memorial Day. It has been set aside to honor law Enforcement Officers who have been killed or died in the line of duty. Unfortunately the list continues to grow, with 2016 being a very active year for loss of life in law enforcement. Already, far too many have been added to that list in 2017 and we are only in May. A police officer never knows when they report for duty if he or she will be going home after that tour of duty is finished. Other first responder positions such as EMS and Firemen are the same way. They do things and go places a regular citizen would never go. Most officers I know just want to better the world and protect those they serve. There are exceptions like in any profession, but 99% are there to make a difference. So this week I ask that you include us in your prayer time, thank them if you get a chance, and an occasional word of encouragement would work wonders. Have a great week! Stay safe and stay blessed!

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