Deborah was interviewed recently by Premier Christian Radio about her faith and work in the police service – particularly during the challenging lockdown period. You can listen here:
I trust that you are well today.
I have mentioned the need to Pray for awaited results of Medical Tests, they are in and all is well. Hallelujah. The “Patient” is truly grateful for everyone’s Prayers. Thank you. We still await decisions on Luke’s Tests, continue to Pray please.
Thank you for your responses to last Week’s Prayer Letter, many replies came through.
Because of the responses I have chosen to stay in that area today.
“Resting in Him”
My thoughts include a verse that was sent to me from an Officer from a Force that does not receive the Prayer Letter.
At this time, he is at home; unable to work due to PTSD. When I read the verse, I realised how precious it was for him and knew I had to share it with you, as I will, before I end this Letter.
Those of you who have been receiving the PL over these last 12 years will know that one of my favourite verses is from Psalm 46 verse 10:
“Be still and know that I am God”
This was the verse my Husband spoke on; on the last Sunday he attended Church before he went to be with His Heavenly Father 11 years ago.
He took himself off during the Worship down the aisle, I had no idea he was going to do that. He stood at the front and he shouted out the verse. It was as though he was encouraging an Army to go forth to war, not one of bringing Peace. He truly was commanding everyone to know; that God wanted them “To be still”.
A month later he was no longer with us. In hindsight, I believe he knew his time was short.
Every card/letter of sympathy I received from those who were in Church that morning, referred to him speaking. The verse and what he said was specific to each one of them.
Just as those words were meant for many individuals in Church that day, I believe they are for you personally today as you read this PL.
And below, as promised, a verse from one of your Christian Colleagues in another Force in the UK. It is applicable to last week’s PL and today’s: Psalm 91 verses 1-2:
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust”.
May you know His Everlasting Arms holding you.
Yet another week still inside lockdown, which adds to the weight and stress to your work. I truly admire you all and again a “Very Big Thank You” for all you are and all you do.
Tomorrow is the 20th June, so if you are able to do so, 20.20 hours for 20 minutes, praying with Hope UK.
Continued Prayer for Luke please. Still no answers from the Medics. Has to step down from work when not feeling well. “He needs healing Lord please”.
I want to share with you something I have chosen to do – not frequently but when I know it is essential. That is to sit and take time out with the Lord.
About a year ago it started. I sat in the arm chair, no Bible and no Praying, just sat. Hands open to receive. Closed my eyes.
I had and still have no idea what God does during that time, but I call it “God’s MOT”
Yesterday I spoke to a Garage Owner in our Church and asked him what happens in an MOT on a car. The list was endless. The first and last items of information really spoke to me.
- We have three ways in which we systematically check that the car is the car on which we are working. Various pieces of information must tally up with each other – chassis number etc.
- God looks at us and He knows us, bought with a price, The Blood of His Son. No need for God to check a list.
- The final part of the Test; the engineer who has been overall responsible for this work with others; knows that the car is safe for the driver to take away.
- We then stand up and walk; knowing we are safe in His Hands.
I would encourage you to sit and spend time in His Presence for a few minutes. Your time I realise is precious, but caring for yourself in The Lord in this climate in which we find ourselves is essential.
I share this with you, hopefully to be a Blessing to you. I have received over these last weeks stress filled emails from Police/Staff, many of them from people who do not know the Lord.
“I Pray that you will receive an infilling of His Spirit during these times, so as you walk in Him, you will be there for others. Amen”.
The Christian Police Association is promoting an International Day of Prayer for the Emergency Services on 25th June 2020. See the CPA UK website Events/Prayer page for details of how you can get involved: www.cpauk.net/events
Please join us in supporting Emergency Service colleagues around the world as they face a variety of challenges and thank you for your support.
Thank you for your Prayers for those referred to in last week’s Prayer Letter. We still await decisions and actions for those who are ill and have had tests. Please keep Praying.
The first day we were allowed to meet in a Garden with a limited number of friends, I went with another friend to visit our friend P. We always go on holiday together.
As we sat there suitably spaced, P prepared drinks for us. Tea for her and M and a glass of water for me. (I cannot drink T/C). As the tray arrived; my glass of water was sitting there. For many years I have visited P’s home and regularly she has prepared a glass of water for me.
I could see that the glass was not one I had ever seen before; it was cut glass.
I took it and sipped the water, such a wonderful cool temperature. I so enjoyed it.
I eventually went home, but chose not to stay in the house but to go for a walk. Not sure why, but I felt “better”.
On the walk; I asked myself what had happened to me.
I realised the following. In the last 11 weeks, no one had served me with anything, everything I had eaten/drunk, I had prepared as I live on my own.
But in the last few hours, someone had handed me a beautiful glass of cool water and I had been physically with friends.
I am limited to Zoom friends from Church, Family Zoom time once a week and Zoom/Conference Calls, with Surrey and Sussex Prayer Times; all of which I so appreciate. But today, two special friends and a glass of water…………
My mind went to the Lord,
Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice,
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”.
Refreshment and Friendship from The Lord – Himself.
A reminder that in this dry, unrecognisable wilderness in which we find ourselves, He has the answer and is a Friend.
I had for the first time in 11 weeks received a personal blessing from my friend. All it was, was a glass of water. I cannot express how important that was, not only was it refreshing, it also did my mind and soul good too.
Blessings in His Name
Here at the Christian Police Association, our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic members, friends and partners and all who we share our communities with are very much in our prayers. All forms of racism, injustice and intolerance are totally at odds with our values in the Christian Police Association and any form of hate or prejudice against another individual or community are directly against the teachings of Jesus. We stand with you in this.
The CPA are praying for healing in our society, for truth and justice to prevail and for change to come where change is needed. We pray for peace around this very important issue for our society, for peace and reconciliation for all those involved.
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