We Grieve With The Town of LIttle Elm, Texas

We are grateful to Dorothy Burton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service for permission to reprint her piece today "Weeping WIth Those Who Weep"; originally posted on her web site, see below.

“Our prayers are with the family of Little Elm Detective Jerry Walker. Another brave officer killed in the line of duty Tuesday, January 17.

There are no words, only grief, as we grieve for his family, especially his children, ranging in age from 22 to a few months who are left without their dad.

We grieve for his entire family left with an emptiness that only can be filled by the love and comfort of God, friends, family and those who care.

Only 48 years old, an 18-year veteran, taken from us as far too many others who have sacrificed their life protecting us.

Men and women in blue are friends not enemies and our heart breaks and bleeds blue each time one is slain in the line of duty.

May the God of all comfort comfort this grieving family, the Little Elm Police Department family, and the citizens of the Town of Little Elm whom Detective Walker faithfully and valiantly served for 18 years – and for whom he sacrificed his life.

Rest in peace Detective Jerry Walker. You served well. “




Gail Seidel served as Mentor Advisor for Spiritual Formation in the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and as an Adjunct Professor in the D Min in Spiritual Formation in the D Min Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has a BA in English from the University of Texas, a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Seminary and a D Min in Spiritual Formation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is a contributor to the textbook, Foundations of Spiritual Formation, Kregel Academic. She served as co-director for Christian Women in Partnership Russia with Entrust, an international church leadership-training mission. She and her husband Andy live in Fredericksburg, Texas. They have 2 married children and 6 wonderful grandchildren--Kami, Kourtney, Katie, Mallory, Grayson, and Avery.