The night after my son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer, was shot and was laying in a hospital bed attached to machines while his brain waves gradually disappeared, I felt a level of hopelessness that I had never experienced before. The pain of the reality of what was happening continued to escalate as each hour passed through that long, dark night.
I was desperate to see God move – he needed to do something. So I went down to the hospital chapel all by myself, I walked up to the altar and laid face down on the cold tile. And I begged God for a miracle.
It was becoming increasingly obvious that Davey needed a big miracle.
So I begged. I have no idea how long I laid there, pleading with God.
At this same time, my husband, Dave, was walking up and down the crowded hallway outside of Davey’s hospital room, asking everyone to pray for a miracle.
There were also three waiting rooms downstairs in the hospital filled with people – many of them praying with us, asking for a miracle.
Every hospital hallway I walked down was filled with people – most of them praying with us, asking for a miracle.
I texted my closest friends and asked them to pray with us for a miracle.
In my mind, I see all of those prayers combining into a huge hand reaching up out of the roof of the hospital, stretching up to heaven, asking our God who holds life and death in his hands to reach down and touch Davey.
Hours later we received our answer.
And the answer was no.
No more smiles and jokes from Davey.
No more fun and games with Davey.
No to watching my grandchildren grow up with their father’s arms around them.
No to watching Davey and Kristen grow old together.
So many no’s.
There’s a reason why we all listened to Hilary Scott sing “Thy Will” at Davey’s funeral. Because we asked for a miracle for Davey and God said no. He has a different plan than we do.
Every day I am reminded that God has a very different plan than mine. Standing on the rock of God’s love and trusting that he has many great tomorrows waiting for me, I move forward……
– not knowing where this is going.
– not happy about the reality that I now live in.
– not understanding why I have to travel this path.
I move forward, taking my broken heart with me. I listen and watch as God reveals his plan, one step at a time.
And one of those steps has been the David Glasser Foundation which is all about spreading caring and love in very practical and tangible ways to people who need to understand that our Police Officers are the good guys – they are part of the solution, not the problem. The foundation is creating non-policing opportunities for our Law Enforcement officers to show how much they care about the kids and their community in one of the highest crime areas of Phoenix. Because of all the work of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors, we are starting to see the walls come down. We are beginning to see interactions that build trust. And respect. The foundation with Davey’s name on it is helping to improve the health of the community where Davey was killed. .
Is this our miracle?
Miss you, Davey.