Taken from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Chaplains’ web site.
First they take … the oath.
Now look at what else they take:
They take … it in stride when people call them pig.
They take … a paycheck realizing they’ll never be rich.
They take … a second job sometimes to make ends meet and support their family.
They take … time to stop and talk to children.
They take … verbal abuse while giving a ticket.
They take … on creeps you would be afraid to even look at.
They take … time away from their family to keep you and others safe.
They take … your injured child to the hospital.
They take … the graveyard shift without complaint because it’s their turn.
They take … their life into their hands daily.
They take … you home when your car breaks down.
They take … time to explain why both your headlights have to work.
They take … the job no one else wants – telling you a loved one has died.
They take … criminals to jail.
They take … in sights that would make you cry.
Sometimes they cry too, but they take it anyway because someone has to.
They take … memories to bed each night that you couldn’t bear for even one day.
They take … time to explain to their family why they can’t make the ball game their child is in and why they have to work on the holiday when other parents are off.
Sometimes, they take a bullet.
And yes, occasionally they may take a free cup of coffee.
If they are lucky, they take retirement.
Then one day they pay for all they have taken, and God takes them.