I love seeing men in uniform come to church. Sometimes they come to morning mass on their way to work, or sometimes they stop by on Saturday night on their way home. Whether they are military, police, firefighters, or paramedics, it always moves me to see these people who serve the public take a moment out of their day to observe their faith. Observing them in the communion line amid the people they serve evokes strong emotion, and reminds me how appreciative I am for the work they do. Sometimes I get a little uneasy if it is an officer with a firearm, but I never know if maybe they’re on duty and must keep it on, and I don’t really know the protocol for guns in church anyway. So…a sincere thank you to all the public service providers who contribute so much of themselves so that the rest of us are safeguarded.
(Quick disclaimer on the sex…I haven’t seen a female in uniform in church before, but the same standard would, of course, apply.)