A week ago today, very early in the morning, my husband who had gone into work prior to the start of his watch, began to text and call me. He needed to let me know that there was a family in crisis - the family of one of our officers and things did not look good. One of our day shift officers had gone in to wake up his wife and she was not responsive and not breathing. Despite immediately beginning CPR and activating 9-1-1, the officer's wife was still not responsive. An hour later, the officer was told that emergency and hospital personnel had not been able to revive his wife. She was gone. A Daughter of the King had taken her last watch; responded to the last call and she was Home.
I only had the privilege to meet this young lady one time but, in a week, I can tell you, she was doing what she could - in spite of years of chronic illness and pain, to live out the directive of Proverbs 31. In spite of her fragile, pain-filled body, she and her husband had adopted not one, not two, but FOUR special needs children who now range in age from four to nine, two boys and two girls. Stacey had another child from a previous marriage at a young age and he is now 18 and the very loving big brother to these little ones.
One of the first things I found truly amazing was that when our Officer returned home to his little ones, he shared with them that Mommy had gone home to heaven to be with Jesus and he prayed with his children. Wow!! First and foremost, he set them to right thinkin' about where their mommy was.
I arrived at their home and in spite of what I know is incomparable sadness, there was a peace in the children and their daddy. They know who their momma was and they know where she is now. The Word of God tells us that "He who began a Good work in you . . . HE is ABLE to complete it!" Stacey began an amazing work in the life of her oldest son, in her marriage and in the lives of those four precious little ones that she and her husband CHOSE in SPITE of her chronic illness and physical pain. Debilitating, disabling pain. But her life and her home and her children are all a testimony to what was important to her.
So, this if for you Miss Stacey - anointed Daughter of the King. You and I and other LEO spouses know that for each of our LEOs, shifts end. Sometimes, the end of the shift comes in a way we didn't expect and that was the case last week. The end of your shift, darling Stacey, came quietly and unexpectedly but I want you to know ma'am - we got this. Your last call came and you responded. Take rest in the arms of Jesus, sweetie. We, the other Daughters of the King will take it from here.