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A special letter written by an Oklahoma police officer helped to calm the fears of two sisters. The girls, aged 11 and 9 were so afraid of what might happen that they slept with a golf club and baseball bat nearby. Their mother believed that her daughters’ fears stemmed from the violence they saw on television, As a result, the two girls were afraid of everything and needed constant reassurance that every safety measure possible had been taken before they went to bed each night. The officer, Lieutenant Paul Barbour, heard about the girls concerns through his wife, who works with the girls’ mother. He decided that since he regularly patrolled the area anyway, he would help. On one of his patrols, he wrote a note to the girls reassuring them that they were indeed very safe. Barbour taped a note to the family’s front door saying that he worked nights to keep people safe and help them rest in peace. He said that when he drove through their neighborhood everything looked good, and he wanted them to know. Barbour said, “It was nice to be able to write it down and tell somebody that I am out here watching and that we do care about you.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Police officer’s kind note eases fears of sleepless girls, By Charlene Sakoda,’s-kind-note-eases-fears-of-sleepless-girls-201533044.html, Accessed March 7, 2014.

Psalm 4:8 (HCSB) I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, LORD, make me live in safety.

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