The weeks move on.
And life is not normal.
I am unable to visit as a Chaplain to either of my Chaplaincy bases: Woking Police Station and Headquarters. I write weekly to the Departments; hopefully to encourage.
I have asked the Lord that when I am in the car on my main shopping visit, or taking a close friend to/from a Dialysis Appointment, I would be stopped by a Police Crew checking up on why I am out in the car. But no …
However last Saturday I walked into Woking for my exercise and essential shopping and met two Officers. How wonderful to be able to chat with them and to thank them.
That is my continued desire today, to say, “Thank You”. I am truly weary of the criticism you receive. Please be assured the majority of the Public really do appreciate you.
Prayer Request. L.S. describes himself as a “Chap in need of Prayer”. Here is his Prayer request – “I’m going for a liver biopsy, on Friday 24th. So on that point, any prayers will be great. Prayers of thanks for the NHS, whoever sticks the needle in has a steady hand, and wisdom for whoever has to interpret the results”.
A fortnight ago – and I guess by then we began to realise we were in for a very difficult, long haul; I received an email from one of our Officers. In it was written the following –
“Lovely phrase I read on somebody’s email. Part of their Signature was ‘In His Grip’.”
Those three words, “In His Grip” have not left me.
I recall on occasions when I have been involved with Police Recruit Training that you receive input on how you handle people, not only by your voice/body language but also physically by using your hands. You are aware of the “Grip” you need to have on someone determined to get away.
God Has “His Grip” on you at this time.
Below is a very old Hymn which has come to mind whilst thinking about “In His Grip”.
When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.
He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.
For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight, When He comes at last!
With love in The Lord and “In His Grip”.