Wednesday, March 4, 2015

God sets the solitary in families

Chandler, AZ, police officer Bryant Holmes died in a traffic accident on his way to work last October. According to his obituary, he married the love of his life, Stephanie Goodman, at the Latter-day Saints Mesa, AZ, Temple in 2002, and they had two sons, Randon, 8, and Dallin, 5, and two daughters, Ashlyn, 10, and Evelyn, 1. Bryant was devoted to God, and with his family he enjoyed biking, hiking and pillow fights.

His friends knew he also enjoyed Daddy-Daughter dates with Ashlyn. But four months later, when Ashlyn's school held a Father-Daughter Dance, she had no one to take her, until officers from the Chandler and nearby Gilbert Police Departments stepped in. All of them accompanied her to the dance, to show their love for her and her Daddy. The Gilbert Police Department posted pictures on its Facebook page of her being twirled on the dance floor, bringing new meaning to the familiar Bible verse, "God setteth the solitary in families." (Ps. 68:6 KJV)

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