November 04, 2010
It was around 5:00 am when I heard the news that a police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty. As the details unraveled the caller Tasha Williamson said "we knew him."
What has happened since has been adequately chronicled. What has surprised most is how much the Southeastern San Diego community truly appreciated, loved, and valued San Diego Police Officer Chris Wilson. On Monday, November 1 an amazing candlelight vigil was held at Skyview Park next to the Southeastern Area Command of the San Diego Police Department where Chris served his entire seventeen year career. I was honored to participate in a very small way. This is what I said:
There can be no greater loss than that of a loved one.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kaylee, you told the world exactly what your father did every day and how much he loved every minute of it. Tracy, you confirmed the same when you said Chris loved his job so much he would work for free.
And to the collective we here tonight, you and Chris have given all that you have because you believe in life and the bounty of life. Through your hands God has spoken, and from behind your eyes He has smiled upon the earth.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Chris has been your needs answered. We have deepened each others spirit. We have filled each other’s needs, not emptiness with laughter and sharing of pleasures.
Therefore let your visit to the temple be for nothing but ecstasy and sweet communion in celebration of the life of our beloved Chris. May God give all of us the strength to continue living our lives in that same blessed spirit.
And Conner, I did not forget you.
You know your father told everyone about that big blast home run you hit with the wooden bat. But when you said “I know he loved me, and I loved him, I just wish I could have told him that again” I think you summed it up for everyone here tonight.
Because of Officer Chris Wilson’s passion for baseball, I would like to present the following items from the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and a loving community.
To Kaylee, the book How to Be Like Jackie Robinson, in hopes that you will keep telling your father’s story.
To Conner, the book Promises to Keep written by Jackie's daughter Sharon with an awesome picture inside of Jackie Sr. and Jackie Jr. inside.
And to Tracy, a commemorative coin from the United States Mint in honor of Jackie Robinson not only breaking the major league baseball color barrier, but being a great American that transcended what he did on the baseball field into the biggest game of all - the game of life. In so many ways, Chris was the same in be how he went above and beyond in the way he served the southeastern San Diego community through his work as a beloved member of the San Diego Police Department.
Thanks for sharing Chris with all of us!
This morning at 7:00 am buses will leave from the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA carrying community residents to The Rock Church for Officer Chris Wilson's Celebration of Life. What we will see today and for days to come will be profound.
My prayer is that God will give all that have been touched by his life the strength to continue living our lives in that same blessed spirit.To be more exact:
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."