Blessed are the Peacemakers

Updated: December 17, 2012

Peacemakers(front)People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

– George Orwell

The sun has set. The supper you’ve consumed is comfortably digesting at the bottom of your stomach. Quiet reigns throughout your dwelling. As you kickback on your couch and flip through your multi-channel cable package after a hard day’s work, know that there are a group of men and women who will not rest. They both hunt and linger, snarl and smile. They stand ever vigilant, both in the shadows and in the open, to ensure your condition remains peaceful. They are the Sheepdogs—modern Peacemakers in a world that has never been without violence or unrest.

This second shirt in the Ranger Up Sheepdog series features “Blessed are the Peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9) on the front in an aggressive but understated design. On the back, an array of gun-smoked rounds surrounds the phrase “I am the Sheepdog.”

And when you wake up from your night’s calm slumber, it was the Sheepdog—the Peacemaker—who spent his/her time keeping the wolves at bay. They are not the judge nor the jury, but a small caste of highly motivated, highly trained professionals who make those split-second decisions that make certain you enjoy another day. That is how they maintain the peace… by readying themselves to commit violence on behalf of the weak and apathetic.

Peacemakers(Back)They are the armed warriors sacrificing sleep and sanity atop a murky summit in Afghanistan. They are the law enforcement personnel who stay past their shift to take yet another call of distress from a citizen. It’s certainly not for the pay or the glory. It’s a sense of service that burns deep within in—an instinct to protect those who will not and, more importantly, cannot protect themselves.

This shirt stands as a reminder of those important few: the Sheepdogs… the Peacemakers.

Is this you?





  1. the Son

    December 18, 2012 at 6:59 am

    ‘It’s sadly true, dear grandpa,
    That the rough men are so rare
    And that folks who uphold the law
    Face tasks that none should bear

    But I see things, dear grandpa,
    That your tired eyes yet miss
    And if only you could see them
    It would fill your heart with bliss

    For I see them in the alleys
    And I see them on the streets
    I see them in their cruisers
    And i see them on their feet

    I see them in my church
    And I see them in my school
    I watch them as they search
    And bring justice to the cruel

    I see them from the backyard
    And I watch them far from home
    As they take the giant’s path
    To places none should roam

    You say the rough man’s gone
    But i see him every night
    As i don my pajamas
    He is gearing up to fight

    And he stands up in my tree house
    To keep watch behind my fence
    And he stands there through the night
    Without ego or pretense

    The goons wear different masks now
    But their faces never changed
    And the less we choose to cow
    The more they become enraged

    But still those brawny thugs wait
    With bated breath in thrall
    For the chance to berate
    And to pound and break and maul

    The rough men walk among us
    And they strike out swift and strong
    And we’ll walk home safe tonight
    For I’ll one day join their throng

  2. Warrior Poet

    December 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Nicely conveyed!

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