I trust that you are well.
Again apologies for the absence of the PL, it is written, but then due to technical problems, it is a bit haphazard in the arrival in your inbox. Those who are aware of this problem are working on it for me. All I know – that the time you need it, it will be there for you.
This coming week will see the Prayer Day for the Police May the 5th and also voting on the same day for the Mayor of London.
Below a list which can be used at any time when Praying for the Police, which has been sent to us specifically for the Prayer Day.
- Prayer for the morale of officers and staff in these challenging times.
- Pray for officers to remain safe at a time when staffing levels remain stretched.
- Honesty and Integrity remain central core values.
- For strong inspirational managers and leaders.
- Innovate & inspire to do things more effectively and efficiently.
- Peace & new jobs for staff who are facing redundancy.
- Wisdom to balance and resource the management of serious crimes, terrorism and the wide range of important local community issues that the police strive to deal with every day.
Earlier this week, for some unknown reason, (God’s?), I had a flash back to the time I was about 8 years old, walking down the back stairs of our Church; having left the children’s choir in the Organ Balcony, to walk onto the pulpit in the Chapel to sing a solo in front of a very large congregation. I recalled as this went through my mind; that moment of total terror of being on my own on the stairs, to face what was about to take place. This memory has continued with me all this week and the word “Isolation” has entered my thinking. I am sure that in your work you find yourself coming down a “back stairway” about to enter an area of action. So I am leaving with you this week a well-known verse, “God is my refuge and strength a very present help in time of trouble”. PS 46.1.
Since I experienced the above and wrote it down a few days ago, the Hillsborough Disaster Report and findings have come out. As I sit here today writing this to you, I am so aware of the battering “All” Police have had in the last few days. I know it is your job and you will continue to be out there, or wherever your place is within the Force. So yet again I want to “Thank You So Much” for all that you do for the safety of the Community in which you work. I so appreciate you and admire you. As I walked around my Chaplaincy Patch yesterday, I could see, no matter what, the work continued and continues. Thank you!
May you know His Wisdom and Discernment in those moments of Isolation and wondering “What do I do now?” I Pray that you will always be aware of His Refuge and His Strength