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Dear Lord hear my prayer

You Lord are the ultimate maker of peace. I am but a temporally assigned enforcer of manmade laws and order. This job that I have is not easy Lord, but you know that.
You led me and my peers to this calling and I know you will provide us with all that is needed to perform it. You never promised that it would be easy. It is my prayer Lord that I always perform my duties in a way that honors you. Give me the inner strength to be patient, calm, fair, honest, brave and compassionate toward all of those with whom I deal.

This job requires a lot of oneself! Lord help me keep my life in perspective. Help me to keep the essentials of life and faith in the forefront; for if I fail at that, I will be unable to be effective at my work

Each day I report for duty I am exposed to the evils of this world. While evil is a powerful force, it cannot win or overcome your power. Let me represent that power as I confront evil - Walk with me and guide me Lord.

Lord, I realize that danger lurks in many facets of my work. I accept that and know that I put my life on the line in this chosen profession. Should I succumb to death, please comfort my family, friends, and peers and protect them from harms.

Lord I ask that for these things I pray be granted to my brothers and sisters who serve this noble profession. Watch over them as they watch over each other and let them feel your presence always but especially in their time of need.

Lord, I was just thinking how much our jobs are alike. Neither job is easy, we are often not appreciated, ignored, and disliked. We both have strange hours- mine rotate from shift to shift; yours is 24/7. Our claim is “to protect and serve” and Lord you certainly have shown countless times that you do that. Both of us are often times called upon as a last resort and we see people at all stages of emotion. We both face death while performing our job; you Lord faced an early death in yours.

Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy. Thank you for having our back even when we are thoughtless to ask for it.

In HIS most holy name we pray—Amen

©Kent Fletcher
July 16, 2012


Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He can be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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