A few days ago I attended a police wives meeting and one of the local chaplains was scheduled to come talk with us.
Death notification was a main discussion point and that day,...it seemed harsh to some, yet timely for others. We had all had the recent shootings on our minds, and while some of us had to be coaxed into openly conversing over the topic, we all knew that it needed to be done. Only hours before we had read about more terrorism in Baton Rouge.
I had cut a small length of black ribbon and attached it to the necklace my husband had bought for me, a replica of his badge. I hadn't thought of it until this moment even though my husband's badge had been covered many days since...
My mind goes back to those first conversations with him about his becoming a Law Enforcement Officer. I too had to be coaxed into sharing those “what if” thoughts. I didn't actually voice them all, yet he looked at me and said, “Rachel, if God can use my funeral, the funeral of a police officer more than he can use me living...
if my death brings Him more glory than my life.... than …
I can’t remember exactly the words he used to finish, but just as sure as he read my mind, I read his.
We reconciled death to be a worthy price to pay for the One who had done so much for us. You see, Tom didn’t just choose this profession. God called him and led us to this service field.
We reconciled death with God's timing, His will, and His glory...His choice.
Just as He, God reconciled Jesus Christ's death to be a worthy price to pay for the sin of the world, my sin , your sin, and yes, ...even the sin of those terrorist bent on killing life,
blue lives, black lives, white lives, any and/or all lives.
to make consistent or congruous <reconcile an ideal with reality>
to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant
For those who reconcile with death, they come to agreement in mind and heart, and sometimes their soul that their life given is worth…their calling, their beliefs, the love of their God or god.
The crux is in that which they view as truth.
Everyone should reconcile with death. Why? Because death is as sure as life.
These two when joined in purpose give meaning to an individual’s life. God thought this so important He recorded it at least six times in the Gospels.
Jesus himself claimed that life and death should be reconciled for His sake.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Mark_8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
Luke_9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Luke_17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
John_12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
Two seemingly opposed ideas of living and dying coming together in agreement to Truth.
Jesus also claimed to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
For officers, they view the saving and serving of their community worth the cost of their living and sometimes even their dying. For a Christian officer this idea is in obedience to their faith and trust in God.
This does not mean that death is powerless. It does not mean that our feelings are negated. It does not mean the absence of intense mourning.
Even Christ said, “Why” on the cross.
Matthew_27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Even Christ asked for the cup of sin and death to pass from Him.
Matthew_26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
This does not mean that fear does not come again. It means that this reconciling with death has to happen repeatedly. The reminders and repetition will make the actual dying to be done well.
I would not choose for my husband or anyone’s loved one to die, but I have a sure hope!
My hope is in the Lord! I pray the psalms of David over my peace warrior husband, not because this will magically stay evil’s hand, but because I am reconciled with death and I claim strength in these Words. God has not failed the dead! Jesus took it captive!
Rev_1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
All of the officers and soldiers have not failed in death but have planted seeds of freedom and righteousness. God’s glory is greater than this culture of death. His glory only needs to be magnified. His grace needs to be magnified. He needs to be magnified in us! Even in these days of incomprehensible responsibilities and sorrows!
God will never waste our pain, He is the Redeemer of broken things!
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Stay strong peace maker! Stay strong blue family! I pray you will stand in Christ!