“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world,” said American poet, William Ross Wallace. And at times that hand carries a badge or is married to one. In either case, moms connected to the shield of law enforcement invariably experience a high degree of lonely moments. So on Mother’s Day I’d like to honor them with an inspirational story.
I once knew a renaissance woman. She whistled with the birds, tickled the ivory keys of a piano, and plucked the violin in tune. She wrote stories to entertain and poetry to inspire. She prepared three meals for a hungry brood that included fourteen people every day. She sang hymns while doing six loads of laundry and managed the organized chaos of a large family between every sunrise and sunset. She chose to see the best in people, although there was plenty of bad news to overcome. If she had a conversation with someone, she called them, “friend.”
Late in life she discovered she could paint with a skill that matched the breathtaking beauty found in a Thomas Kinkade. She was supportive and devoted to her husband of six decades and became the full time caretaker as he became disabled during the final six years of his life. She chose joy because she lived what she sang.
More Value Than a Sparrow
“His Eye is on the Sparrow” was her favorite tune. It could be heard while she folded laundry on Friday afternoon or as a soloist during church on Sunday morning.
“Do not fear … you are more valuable than many sparrows,” said Jesus, thus inspiring the author of the hymn, who witnessed this lived out in the lives of a couple with incurable illnesses, and insisted that God would care for their needs.
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Indeed the lovely lady in my story felt the same way. She breathed it, she lived it, and she shared it with anyone who would listen right up until God took my mother home in 2010.
Happy Mother’s Day ladies. You are worthy! When in doubt, reflect upon the instructive hymn, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.”
Jim worked in military and civilian law enforcement for thirty-one years. While in the USAF he flew as a crewmember aboard the National Emergency Airborne Command Post—a presidential support detail. Following his military service, he served for twenty-eight years with the Fountain Valley Police Department in Orange County, California where he retired as a lieutenant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Southwest University and graduated from the prestigious Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute as well as the IACP course, Leadership in Police Organizations.
Jim authored The Spirit behind Badge 145, Justice Revealed, and Jurisdiction. He previously worked as the managing editor of Law Enforcement Today. Now, he exclusively shares police related news and the Christian worldview with readers at badge145.com.
He and his wife, Jamie, worshipped and ministered at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California for twenty years before relocating to Texas. They now reside in the greater Austin area and have worshiped at Hill Country Bible Church since 2015, where they also lead a small group ministry for young married couples.