By Jack Mandaville I want to make a few of my...
Blessed are the Peacemakers
– 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.
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?