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2 Heroes from Ohio offer their lives this week

The numbers are scary. 41 deaths nationwide this year, up 78% from last year. This brings a total of 20,101 documented deaths in the Line of Duty. It’s been a rough year for officers everywhere. Here in Ohio, we have lost 4 this year in the “Line of Duty”, 2 of those this week.

Chief of Police Carl Worley – Ross Township Police – January 26, 2010
Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge – Ohio State Highway Patrol – February 4, 2010
Police Officer Thomas Patton II – Cleveland Heights Police – March 13, 2010
Patrolman James Kerstetter – Elyria Police – March 15, 2010

I’m asking all my friends and family to pray! Please pray for our police officers, sheriffs, deputies, and troopers. Please pray for their safety and well-being. Pray that the violence that is planned against them will cease (that “no weapon formed against them will prosper”). Pray for peace in our communities. Pray for safety on the highways. Pray that they can eat meals and attend services in peace. Pray that not one officer out there feels alone or forsaken.

So in honor of the Ohio heroes I post a poem that has touched the hearts of officers and supporters, The Final Inspection:

The officer stood and faced his God.
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, Officer,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To your church have you been true?”

The officer squared his shoulders and said,
” No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because all of us who carry badges
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was rough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent
Because the streets are tough.

But I never took a penny
That wasn’t mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got way too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept an unmanly tear.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, it needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t… I’ll understand!

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints have often trod.
As the officer waited quietly
For the judgment of his GOD

“Step forward now, Officer.
You’ve borne your burdens well
Come walk a beat on heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell”

author unknown

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6 PM moment of sincence for today, 12/8/09

Tonight at 6 PM, there is a moment of silence for the Lakewood four. This was passed to me by the KY FOP site.

I have descided to expand that out a little bit. For all you who are interrested in joining me (read that as “PLEASE JOIN ME”) at 6, I will not only be praying for Lakewood, and Pellham Alabama (Officer Philip Davis the other officer burried today), but for my state, city and county.

Ohio State Patrol (OSP)
Kentucky State Police (KSP)
Montgomery County (OH) Sherriff’s Office
Huber Heights Police Division (Where I live – substitute your local police dept.)
Miami Township Police Department (Since I work in Miami TWP)

I’ll be praying for their safety and protection from evil.
Prayer for wisdom to be able to see danger that they may have not seen otherwise. Praying that “no weapon formed against them will prosper” according to Isaiah 54:17. Prayer for wisdom and patience in diffusing high-risk situations.
Prayer for healing/protection from PTSD (PTSD is a lead contributor to officer “Line of Duty Suicides“)

And as I wrote this, another officer was killed in North Carolina. Deputy Sheriff Charlie Brown of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina was killed by a suspect who was walking down the street shooting a gun.

When will the violence against our officers stop?

My conversation with God

This entry among infrequent entries details a conversation that I had one night.

God : So, what did you tell your son last night?
Me : Yea, I know what I told him.
God : Why is it different for you?
Me : I don’t know, It’s just different.
God : What do you really want to ask Me?
Me : Why do I hurt? All the time?
Me : Why do I have the same struggles with the same sin?
Me : Why does it seem those closest try to hurt me the most?
Me : Why can’t I talk to You?
Me : When will this battle be over?
God : Well son, you live in a world that is trying to put my light out. You have that light in you. So you’re just as open to attack as the next guy. What is it you say “Man up”?
Me : Come on God, that’s not fair.
God : And what is it that you say about fair.
Me : I came for help you know.
God : You’ll get it. You just have to learn to see past yourself.
Me : How? That’s like saying, “I know your legs are broken, but help that old lady across the street.”
God : But haven’t I promised to be there to help you? I mean, the Blood of Jesus, Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Is that ringing a bell?
Me : But it’s not easy.
God : Did I say it would be? What’s the title of your blog? Life is a War. Life, like war isn’t usually easy. It isn’t pretty and is hard to wrap up in a box. If you could, would you need me? If it was easy all the time, what good would the Comforter do for you?
Me : You have a point. So what’s my problem?
God : That’s your problem. You try to figure too much out. What topic can I put this under? When can I mark that off my to do list? What time did I finish that? You don’t have any problems. What you have is areas that you need some help.
Me : What? How can you say that? Besides being God and all. I mean, I live in my body every day. And I have lots of problems.
God : Problem – 1. any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.
Me : OK.
God : Well, number one is not so good. The fact that you talk to me indicates you don’t have doubt.
Me : But sometimes I do.
God : Not really. Is doubt what keeps you going? Is that what makes you read the Word everyday? You may not understand everything, but that doesn’t mean you have doubt. You can have faith in your heart with out having it all figured out in your head. And since you’ve staked your life and studies in Me, uncertainty is not such an issue with you.
Me : Yea, but what about difficulty. I feel I’m surrounded by that.
God : Oh no, you have me there.
Me : Why is it that I think you have me?
God : I do. Difficulty is just a matter of perspective. Can you fly a plane?
Me : No.
God : Speak Swahili?
Me : Uh, no.
God : Brain Surgery?
Me : I wish….
God : Why can’t you?
Me : I don’t know how. It’s difficult to do what you don’t know how to do.
God : But someone can, right? They know how. So your difficulty is easy to someone. All you have to do is let someone who can take care of those things take care of them.
Me : I think I know where this is going.
God : Oh really?
Me : Since You know what You’re doing, stand back and watch.
God : Nope. Wanna try again?
Me : I’ll listen now.
God : Good. I’ve been waiting for that. You see, if you just ask me, then listen, then obey, you’ll notice a big difference. You forget sometimes that God is in your corner. See what I did in six days? Son in one week, one week, your life could be completely different. Your battle could be over. Your victory could be closer than you think. What would you do if you knew that you had only six more days to a big breakthrough in your life?
Me : Relax. Sleep more. Be happier. Nicer.
God : Well, how about this, you walk with Me. I’ll help you through it, and you’ll see that breakthrough.
Me : That sounds good. I feel much better.
God : I knew you would. Now how’s about getting some of that sleep. I have a celebration to plan.
Me : Good Night God.
God : Good night.