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Gracious Heavenly Father I come to you in prayer again, this time with a different request.

During my years of service you have watched over me, guided me, and protected me from harm. In my early years as a cop, you protected me from my stupid self and some immature ways.

You guided me into my career, opening opportunities, nudging me along, letting me make mistakes from which to learn. Eventually, I understood that as long I followed your plans and not only mine, things would work out for the best.

Lord now I face another mountain and my emotions are running high.  The road ahead of me is not clear as I am about to venture into a life I have never known.  Like many other senior cops I have talked a lot about retirement as if it were the ultimate goal in life; but now I am not so sure.  I put on a good act as if I am so glad to have reached this stage of my career but inside I feel very strange and unsure of this next step.  This Lord is where once again I am asking for your guidance and the strength to put it in your hands.

 

Over the past years the only life I have known is law enforcement.  I have carried a gun, a badge, had authority over others, was on the front line of excitement, saw birth, saw death, saw poverty, and witnessed every emotion a human can display.  Lord for the most part I lost my ability to cry at the site of horrible things.  I have put my heart and soul into my chosen profession, mostly without regret; now the thought of stepping away to another life is frightening.

 

Lord as I look back I can clearly see that you have never failed me and my faith in you tells me that you never will.  As I enter this new and different phase of my life I will be asking for your guidance to help me revert to a more normal life; one which I can more openly express my feelings; one where I can shed a few tears if need be; one that I come to realize that I donít have to fix all of societyís ills; and one that sincerely appreciates the status which I have earned.  Most of all Lord I thank you for having my back over the years and now.

 

Lord, as you watch over those who remain in law enforcement, keep them safe and give them the spiritual tools they will so much need to be a great enforcer of the law.   AMEN


©Kent Fletcher
July 13, 2018
 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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