Monthly Archives: April 2010

Please disseminate to all law enforcement officers – Police Week

Distribution: Please distribute to all law enforcement personnel

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I can not express my gratitude enough for your assistance.

May 9-15 this year is Police Week. It was designated by President Kennedy in “recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws”.

It’s been a tough year so far for law enforcement officers. Law enforcement deaths are up 51%. Now we are coming into a season or remembering our brothers in blue. Some of us are taking time to remember those in our department that were killed in the Line of Duty. Being from Menifee County, KY, Sheriff Fay Little comes to my mind. Sheriff Little was killed while helping at the scene of an fatal shooting when he was struck by a car who could not see him. Having laid down his life for his county, he will be forever remembered as a hero. And that story will be told hundreds of times in different ways for different officers in the coming weeks. In counties, cities and townships all over the United States, we will take time to honor our heroes. And in doing so, we ensure that they are never forgotten.

On a personal level, I am so thankful for each one of you. Thank you for protecting my city, county, state and country. If it were possible, I’d say it to you personally, and individually. Although I will never personally meet some of you, don’t think for a moment that you’re unappreciated. It’s been my driving thought that I want to make sure that there is never an officer in a car or behind a desk that ever wonders if someone cares. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

For all the officers out there reading this, Dr. Mike is praying for a peaceful week for you. Safe traffic stops. I hope people see you in restaurants and pay for your food. I pray for a time of healing for the departments reading this who have had a loss in the last year. I pray that those of you making the trip to Washington will have a safe trip. For those who are making the trip to the wall to honor a fallen brother, safety and healing. But most of all, I hope there is an outpouring of appreciation form the communities that you serve.

I’ve said it before and will say it again, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

The Gospel and Star Wars

I have a confession to make. I like Star Wars. Now, sometimes that will gets you some strange looks in some church settings. But as I get older, I’m beginning to see that some things are not as they appear.

My son Michael, really started enjoying it. Then I watched the movies with him. I had never sen Star Wars prior to that. But he likes it, so I started watching it (and playing light saber wars with him, but that’s another story). I knew a few things about it. Luke was a good guy, Hans Solo was for the most part and Darth Vader was the bad guy. But I wondered, “What happened to this guy?” Well, then we saw the first three episodes together. On Saturday we watched one of the extras “The Making of Star Wars” and a line from George Lucas mad me think. Star Wars was mainly about the Redemption of Darth Vader (Anakin Skwalker).

I will cut to the chase and resist the urge to be detailed here. In the first 3 movies (the pre-trillogy) we see how Anakin was tempted with power, anger, and self-doubt issues. But his love for Padame and his willingness to spare her and his unwillingness to deal with the issues he was feeling led him to the dark side. We see him get more and more angry, frustrated, and eventually giving in to his anger. But, we almost feel, well sorry, for him.

But Why? Someone on the fast track to the top looses it all over his own instability. Because I think deep down, most of us deal with issues of anger, self-doubt or fear. The more we give in, the worse it becomes, and we finally become “to tired to fight”. We finally give in to anger and live our lives there. Or we give into self-doubt and try to prove to everyone that we are someone, or we just resign from life completely. Just because our decisions don’t jeopardize the universe, we justify where we are and who we’ve become. And it’s easier to just keep doing what we’re doing instead of fighting our way out. It’s easier to hide behind our mask and hurt so deep than it is to try to change.

His son Luke eventually taught him that he shouldn’t hate himself and he was capable of good. And at the end when he gives his life to protect his son, he finds the peace and acceptance he was looking for all along.

And Anakin did eventually find his redemption. Will we make the decision to forgive others? Forgive ourselves? Will we fight for what is right in our lives? Will WE find our redemption?