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May I Ask a Favor of You? September 2, 2015

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Would anyone mind doing me a huge favor? Before you answer, please consider carefully what I am going to ask of you, as these words come from the deepest part of my heart. Only agree to this request if you have every intention of following through…

Will you keep a watchful eye out for my husband? Will you have his back if needed?

You see, my husband wears a police badge proudly across his chest. The day he placed his hand on a Holy Bible before his family, witnesses, and fellow officers; he swore to uphold the law of the land to the very best of his ability. He swore to guard and protect the citizens under his care and influence, even to the point of his own possible demise. He took on a career path that would lead him straight into harm’s way, and he did it with a sincere and willing heart.

Will you keep a watchful eye out for him? Will you have his back?

He will be the one in blue, showing up wherever you call him, in your time of distress and need. He will always answer, and no call is too great or small. If you are in danger, he will literally put himself in your place to keep you safe. Your age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, neighborhood, and the like, will not deter him from fulfilling what he has vowed and sworn to do. His duty is to uphold the law to keep you and the surrounding community safe. If a law is broken, he will act to preserve justice and order. To him, the laws are colorblind and uniform throughout.

Will you keep a watchful eye out for this man? Will you have his back?

He will be the one pulling over the car that is swerving all over the road, or the one careening through the stop sign. You never know if such a car would have crashed into yours and forever changed your and your family’s entire life. What an officer does routinely on the job might just be your miracle that you failed to recognize. The streets are safer because of their diligence and care.

Are you willing to keep a watchful eye out for this man? Will you have his back?

This man that would take a bullet for you is now under vicious attack in our nation, and someone needs to do more to turn the tide of this darkness. What can you do? How can you keep a watchful eye?…

How about simply waiting and watching whenever you see him in public. An officer was brutally shot in cold blood as someone approached him from behind while he was pumping gas. Will you take the time to be another set of eyes for an officer, and alert him if anything looks suspicious? If you are at a gas station and see an officer, simply standing by being watchful would show enormous courage and support. There is no need for vigilante aggression, but there is a great need for citizens to show unwavering support for officers. Our eyes and ears can help put a hedge of safety and protection around them.

What if you see him at a park, restaurant, library, grocery store, roadside, house fire, on and on and on…the point is, officers are no longer ‘safe’ anywhere. There is a target on their backs, and they need to know they are still appreciated and needed. Will you simply slow down your life and be observant when you see one, so that he or she can feel and know that they truly do have eyes behind their head? Pat him or her on the back and tell them that you are praying for them and that what they do really matters. Such encouragement goes a long way for when they come home to the news of yet another one of their own being killed in the line of duty.

Will you keep a watchful eye out for him? Will you have his back?

I ask for some very selfish reasons as well. You see, this same man eventually pulls his police car into our garage at night, and when he enters, he is a husband and a dad. He is the leader of this household, and he is the love of our lives. There is so much more to him than a badge and uniform, and yet, he is a police officer through and through. He sees and knows that his position is under intense attack, but he is committed to preserving justice and fairness all the more. Praise God for the loyal and fabulous police officers who truly believe in what they do. There will always be some bad apples, but may we never judge the masses based on a very select few.

And so if you are still willing, then please watch out for my husband, and all the other officers you come into contact with on a daily basis. Lets start turning this thing around people!!!! It is time to do more by taking a true stand and showing our support. Lets not let one more officer be ambushed in public. May we have eyes to see and ears to hear, and may we sound the alarm when needed.

And most of all, may we PRAY. Pray for the police officers across our country regularly. May they be strong and courageous despite all they are going through right now. May the Lord bless and protect them.


Thanks for the back-up!!


12 Responses to “May I Ask a Favor of You?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I will pray for Grant and all our men in blue! I’m so grateful for him and guys like him!

  2. Jay Gurian Says:

    Your husband is the nicest, most fair and genuine individual I have ever met. All police officers should strive to be half as good as he is. He is always there to assist us and the citizens of his community with a smile on his face. I know him very well and I can assure you that me and the other 88 members of my department will have his back and the backs of all of our other brothers in blue. Rest assured he’ll be home every night to play husband and dad.

    • gdnelson5 Says:

      Dear Jay,
      Grant and I are both humbled and touched by your comments. I second your every description of Grant and it makes my heart soar to know that so many are praying and watching out for him and all of the countless men and women in blue that serve so bravely. Thank you for your service as well.

  3. Jeannine Says:

    Yes, yes I will keep a watchful eye and have their backs. Yes, I do pray for all our men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect. We appreciate them and their families.

  4. B. Murphy Says:

    I do not know where your husband serves and protects, but I do know that I have any officers back, any time, any where. You see, I am also on the streets, with them, serving the public. I am a paramedic, and I will do what I can to bring any officer home to his family, should the worst occur. I swore to myself that I would go as far as necessary to make sure our officers know there is a highly trained and supportive safety net behind them. I hope your husband stays safe on the streets, because we have to look out for eachother in uniform, no matter the job title!

    • gdnelson5 Says:

      Thank you for your integrity, loyalty, and service. My husband and I both have great respect as well for paramedics and EMTs. I have been an ED RN for twenty-two years now, and I know first hand the life changing difference you all make. It takes great skill and determination to do what you do, and I thank you for taking on such a powerful stance in regards to being there for your fellow comrades. We are all family.

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  6. Sue Currier Says:

    Thank you for this blog. I hope and pray for this to be read by all. I have been an ED RN for 35 years. I have witnessed the wonderful job these people provide. I have been in this wonderful helping profession for 53 years and understand their dedication and service. I have been praying for this wonderful family for years and will continue to do so. I am also praying for all those in harms way to keep them safe and provide peace for their families.

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