Thursday, July 4, 2013

"Happy" Fourth

Well here it is July 4th.  For fire and police folks, it is a frantic, crazy time with people either loving or hating the whole fireworks thing while their bosses promise the public that they somehow will catch every violator, make sure no one will get hurt, no one will get mad and everybody will stay sober. 

I hope that you have an opportunity to spend some time with your families amid the fray of insanity that is July 4th.   We all need to take time to reflect on the freedom that we often take for granted and the price paid by so many men and women to keep us free.

Take Care!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Enough

This young man was advocating peace and no more hurting people.  Then a coward killed him in an act of terror in Boston this week.  What you do is important.  You do it for all our children, family and friends.  You make a difference.  Don't forget this.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Somebody Shot a Polceman Today.

These lyrics are from “Part of America Died Today.” It’s an old (40 years) song but still something people should consider each time a police officer is killed:

A PART OF AMERICA DIED
by Harry Koch

Somebody killed a policeman today
And a part of America died.

A piece of our country he swore to protect,
Will be buried with him at his side.

The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he had gone off to war.

Though the flag of our nation won’t fly at half-mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.

The suspect that shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights …

While a young, widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend many long, lonely nights.

Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
Maybe in your town or mine,

While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks the beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie’s side.
He answered the call . . . of himself he gave his all,
And a part of America died…

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Violence Continues

At the time of this posting, news sources are reporting that a 15 year old killed at least five family members at their home for unknown reasons.  It's a sad commentary when family members can no longer trust each other for protection.  It's unknown at this time if there were problems within the family, abuse situations, or other concerns; however, the fact that at a time when government resources continue to cut funding to education and mental health resources, the start reality is that public safety folks will continue to pick up the slack because elected officials are unable to find enough calcium in their backbones to do the right thing for those most in need among us.

As the violence increases, so does the stress placed upon each of you.  Be sure that you have your support system in place, do not bring the darkness home with you and be sure that your spiritual compass is there to assist you and support you.


Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Resolutions? Not this year.

I make resolutions every year and fail big time is actually seeing them take place. So this year I have finally figured it out.  No New Years Resolutions.  Nope, I'm just going to do what has to be done every day.
People will be making New Year's resolutions over the course of the next few days. Many of the resolutions will have to do with health issues, relationship issues and things to change for the new year. Although working toward improvement is well and good, most fail to understand why most resolutions fail. We tend to be self-centered enough to believe that we can resolve to make the changes without the help of a forgiving savior.

I would suggest to you that along with making those resolutions, take time to pray to ask God to help you discern the best way to move forward and ask for understanding and guidance as well as strength to be successful at any goal you might establish.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tragic Consequences

It has happened again, the word that police officers have been shot and then later, that both have died. This time in Topeka, Kansas. In my thirty-some years of law enforcement, I never cease to feel the devastation experienced when an officer is killed so violently. Initial accounts really provide few details other than the officers were checking out a suspicious vehicle when one of the occupants open fire on them right in front of a busy supermarket.

Such an action demonstrates the reckless disregard this person had for the lives of others. The senselessness of the loss of life adds to the frustration, anger and loss of faith many will experience during this time. It is important to keep in mind that it's OK to feel these emotions and it is OK to talk to someone about them. For those of you who are in a law enforcement role, you will also find stress in the fact that everyone will want to talk to you about this incident, they somehow want you to reassure them that things will be OK.

When the most visible symbol of all that is good about our country, one that represents our freedom and safety as do law enforcement officers is attacked, they will seek you out for their own reassurance, adding additional stress to your life.

For me, I find comfort in remembering that God rejoices with us in good times and God weeps with us during times of tragedy. God's love for us is so remarkable there is really no way to express it. That same love holds us in God's hands, even during times of crisis and anguish. I would encourage you to seek out counsel, to pray and to lift those up in prayer who are left behind to suffer loss and experience sorrow. Those who have passed on are now in a place where there is no sorrow, no pain and only a life eternal with God.

The next few weeks will be rough. The initial shock of the shootings will be fading when the sorrow is renewed with funerals and memorial services. There will be continued dialogue for weeks to come; much of it unfortunately, will be opportunists crawling over each other for their fifteen minutes of fame. Do not let the static distract you to the heroism of these two warriors, Corporal David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly.

They are true heroes who sacrificed themselves to keep the rest of us safe. The best way to honor these remarkable individuals is to stay strong, stay healthy and stay the course.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Prayer for Healing

A Prayer For Healing Posted on December 14, 2012 by Gary Smith God, we have heard it, sounding in the silence: News of the children lost to this world’s violence. Children of promise! Then without a warning, Loved ones are mourning. Jesus, you came to bear our human sorrow; You came to give us hope for each tomorrow. You are our life, Lord God’s own love revealing. We need your healing! Heal us from giving weapons any glory; Help us, O Prince of Peace, to hear your story; Help us resist the evil all around here; May love abound here! By your own Spirit, give your church a clear voice; In this world’s violence, help us make a new choice. Help us to witness to the joy your peace brings, Until your world sings! HERZLIEBSTER JESU: Johann Crueger, 1640 (Ah, Holy Jesus) Hymn text copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for free use of this hymn in worship.