I can still remember like it was yesterday. As a young child growing up, whenever we would hear a police siren go by, my mom would immediately say a brief prayer.
I don’t remember what she prayed. I’m not even sure she prayed out loud. But, she made sure to pass on the reminder to pray for whatever situation they were heading into.
Now, more than ever, we need to support those who risk their lives on a daily basis to serve and protect us. To be sure there are a few that make tarnish the reputation of the many. To be clear, that happens in any field. Unfortunately, those are the ones who make the headlines and viral videos that we see over and over.
I know there are deep issues involved and bright, dedicated people doing their best to correct the situation.
But, I’m a pastor. What can I do? We are the body of Christ. What can we do?
We can pray. That is not an act of despair. That is an act of faith.
We can pray as we are told to do. We can pray because we live in a fallen world and see the evidence of it every single day.
We can pray.
and when appropriate, let an officer know you appreciate their work and that you are praying for them.
When you hear a siren, pause and pray.
PRAY for protection for all involved.
PRAY for courage and calm.
PRAY for clear minds to observe and interpret situations.
PRAY for discernment and wisdom for the split second decisions they may face.
Lastly, if you are a first responder or the spouse of one, please let us know how we can be praying for you and your family.