How do you react when the worst happens?
On May 19, 2016, one of the brightest lights in my world went out. My son, David Glasser, was a Phoenix Police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
The worst happened.
My Family Bleeds Blue
And my Family in Blue showed up in a big way. The love and support my family has received has been overwhelming.
The heartbreak and loss have also been overwhelming.
We are trusting in God as we figure out how to move forward with this big hole in our lives. And we know that our Family in Blue is walking right beside us all the way.
Sharing My Journey
God has a plan for all of this. And part of the plan is for me to share some of my journey with you in My Family Bleeds Blue.
My son David knew it was important to say it.
And he knew how it important it was to show it.
He knew how important the words love you are.
He said these words every time to his squad before he walked out to take a call. And he badgered his squad into saying “Love you” to each other, too. Davey also said them all the time to everyone in his life who he cared about.
Life Is Uncertain
He knew how unsure life is and how quickly things change. He knew that these words could easily become the last thing you get to say to each other. And he knew that these last words could either haunt you or bring a smile to your face. He decided to make sure that his last words always brought a smile.
Two Small Words
He knew that love you is not just two small words – strong emotions are attached which bring hope and warmth and worth when we are separated from each other. Sometimes that separation is a couple of hours and sometimes – like my family – we are separated for the rest of our lives here on earth.
Saying, “love you” brings strength and comfort when we need it most.
Love Builds Up
God tells us that “Love builds up” in 1 Corinthians and I have been a witness to how true that is these last 1 ½ years.
Because Davey’s “Love you’s” still echo in our heads, his family and friends have adopted them as our own habit. It has become our mantra. We don’t see each other or leave each other without hugs and “Love you’s.” And this love has built us up.
It has built me up. “Love you” rolls through my head during the dark nights when the hole in my life seems too much to bear. It helps me smile at my two little fatherless grandchildren who look and act so much like Davey.
The Power of Love
Love has made the impossible task of moving forward possible these last 1½ years.
I have found that it is hard to be angry when everyone around me is saying they love me.
It is hard to be bitter when hugs and “Love you’s” are coming from all directions.
And it is hard to feel like I’m alone in this when I am surrounded by love.
Love builds up.
Thank you for your legacy of love, Davey.
– Judy Glasser is the mother of deceased Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser and blogger at myfamilybleedsblue.com.