"Most days, his stories are about the bad and the ugly. Thursday, his story was all good. That sweet boy put JOY in a place where it’s rarely found," said the wife of one of the officers.
It doesn't take a wad of money, days of planning or umpteen sacrifices to brighten up the day of somebody who needs a bit of hope in their lives. All it takes is one person with a big heart. This time, it was a little boy, just 7 years old, who was able to make a big impact with a small but meaningful gesture.
When 7-year-old Wyatt was at a Chick-fil-A in Burleson, Texas, he instinctively felt like he should go up to them and share a moment.
"3 police officers came in behind me," wrote Kimberly Clark Stone, who captured the moment and shared it on Facebook. "Right when they got in line the little boy picture ran up to them and asked them if he could pray over them. He grabbed their hands and prayed the sweetest prayer that I have ever heard."
Young Wyatt knew that these were the people who gave their lives to protect other people, and so, he said a prayer that he believed would protect the officers. "He thanked the Lord for calling them to be police officers and asked for the Lord to protect them while they were busy protecting people," wrote Kimberly. "This brought tears to my eyes. I am thankful for kids like this and parents that encourage it."
It was a moment that warmed the hearts of many thousands of people who saw the moment shared on social media. However, one person who wasn't surprised at Wyatt's thoughtfulness was his mother, Jessa Cox.
"My husband Keith and I try and model what it means to really walk out our faith," the mother told The Western Journal. "And one of the ways we do that is to pray for people, this was not a one-time occurrence. I have seen my son pray for people many many times, and we have done that as a family as well." Not only is Jessa proud of her son but she's also glad that the picture is moving people across the world as well.
For the three officers, Burleson County Officer Dicke, Officer Ayuso, and Officer Lyman, it was a moment that filled their hearts with warmth.
When Officer Lyman's wife, Lauren saw the moment, she knew it was something that her husband needed.
"My initial reaction was a slew of emotions: Pride. Gratitude. Shock. Who is this kid so I can hug him?!" Lauren said. "We live in a world where my husband and his brothers in blue are hated and condescended more than they are loved and respected."
While there are horrific stories that we read about in the news or see on television, it is these police officers who are out there, risking their lives to keep us safe. At the end of most days, we sleep soundly, oblivious to the men and women in uniform out there at night. But when these officers come back home, it's hard for them to leave thoughts about their work behind.
Lauren went on to say about her husband, "I expect for him to come home and tell me about the good, bad, and the ugly of his day. Most days, his stories are about the bad and the ugly. Thursday, his story was all good. That sweet boy put JOY in a place where it’s rarely found.
"He didn’t have any idea how desperately our family needed this encouragement. It’s been the hardest year we’ve ever faced. Our trials have been hard to walk through," she added. "But the 30 seconds this young man spent praying with these officers reminded us HOW we were able to walk out of this season on the other side."
At just the age of 7, Wyatt was able to understand what the officers may be going through and his heart went out to them. "He showed BRAVERY in a way few people are willing to. And gave COMFORT that’s hard to come by," Laurent went on to say. "This sweet boy let his light shine that day. And it was the most beautiful, blinding light I’ve ever seen! 'Thank you' doesn’t even touch my gratitude for him."