What's Harder

By now, most people have seen this photo of 12 year old Devante Hart hugging and being hugged by Portland, OR, Police Sergeant Bret Barnum at a Ferguson protest rally in Portland, Oregon on 11/28/14.
  The young man waPortland sergeant and protestor hugs holding a sign reading, "Free Hugs."  Sgt. Barnum came up and spoke to him for a few minutes, just like he might any 12 year old.  Young Mr. Hart began tearing up, and when Sgt. Barnum asked him for a hug, we see the results.  Two human beings, one in a uniform who stands ready to give his life for this young man if needed, and another who is willing to step across the divide created by a belief about the police.

“If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:10-12 (NLT)

“It took 10 deputies to stop that angry man and I couldn’t take his vital signs…” The new nurse excitedly relating with me why her shift at Intake the night prior was overwhelming. 

“Yup…It happens…” I calmly responded.

“This would not be your first nor last…”  

“But in each time, you’ll learn something new…”

Some of the deputies who worked with her that night intermittently came by to say “hello” to her as she worked in the Clinic that Saturday night. Their faces showing weariness…Yet one particular mood was easy to spot…

“You guys heard it, too from the news?” one asked.

He was talking about the two New York cops shot by an angry man who wanted revenge. 

We all shared that pain. That sadness. 

Anyone who works in law enforcement knows that this is a big family and it hurts so much to lose innocent, honest working cops to such tragic acts. It doesn’t help when the media or any politician plays with people’s emotions to get them on their side and win their selfish causes. Lies being delivered as if they’re the sole truths.

“Have some sweets,” I offered to one visiting deputy. Quiet while sitting the whole time as if he had no energy left from mixed emotions that he was trying to put off.

“Merry Christmas and be safe when you’re out there,” I cautioned as he wished all the nursing staff the same.

He would go back to the prison’s Intake. The sadness and his tired body were needed to be put aside as we all knew… that he would face many more combative arrestees and those who were committed to play tough and resist authority. 

I silently prayed knowing that the “Prince of Peace” was within reach. Because I understood from Him. 

It’s a lot harder to MAKE PEACE than to wage war at times. 


Lord, I ask that You protect those who work hard in law enforcement and the military. Comfort those who lost their loved ones unexpectedly.  Help those who selflessly labor for Your Kingdom and help them endure. Thank You for the true peace You alone give. Thank You that You are watching over the righteous despite these trying times. Thank You for coming here in this dark place to make Your Light be known. Thank You for dying for us so we can live.


  1. What a precious image of the young lad being hugged by a policeman. Blessings and hugs, dear Rozelle. Jo

  2. I loved that image of the police officer and the boy hugging. In the midst of all we're seeing on the news lately, it was such a welcome sight to see. I love your attitude and how caring you are to others. Much love to you my sister in Christ.

    Blessings and love,

  3. You're right, it is so much easier to wage war than make peace... for most anyway. Because when one is still under the hold of sin, and anger, and bitterness and unforgiveness, the evil one has full control of the emotions. And emotions give way to actions. Jesus just a few days before His death cried over Jerusalem because they did not know the things that make for peace, they missed the hour of their visitation... so is it with those who do not understand what inner peace is like. I am praying for you as you keep up with being a channel of peace where you work. . Fight on... hold on.. walk on... dear friend. Shalom!

  4. Oh, Dear Friend, I am so happy to be here tonight, to read through some of your postings. I've been way for so long, but never have I forgotten you and my blogging friends. You are always in my prayers. It's funny how people can still be connected in this way, but we get to know one another through our postings and through our love for the Lord. I just love it. You are the best, sister. I, too, love the picture of these two souls hugging. This is such a fallen world and so much going on within today. This world needs so much prayer.

    I'm hoping to get by more often as I am hoping to blog much more often. Please pray for that for me, would you?

    Love you, Rosel and big hugs being sent your way,

  5. As the end grows closer the evil will take more prominence...our police officers need our daily prayers. You spread peace and offer comfort to those around you..you share Christ. ♥ I pray all is well with you as i see you have not blogged since December. I myself just started back to my blog today :)

  6. I love the prayer at the end and I prayed that with you with all my heart. I loved it that you dropped by and left such a wonderful comment. I'm so glad our lives connect with each other --what a gift on this journey of faith.
    Big hugs!


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