Day 27 - Protection (Police, Fire, Military)

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR GOVERNMENT?

John 15:13: “Greater love has no one that this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

Psalm 91: “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God in him I will trust.”

As the wife of a brave police officer and a retired US Coast Guard Commander, I have come to appreciate the risks that our men and women who serve in law enforcement, fire and rescue, and military must face every day. They are motivated to serve and care for the land and people of their communities, facing unknown risks and circumstances for which they have diligently trained, and sometimes, for things which they lack experience and wisdom. They do not know what the day will bring, what fears they will have to face, and the kinds of things they will see.

We as a community trust that they will show up! In our time of need we know we can pick up the phone and someone will come to our aid. This is a great relief to us.

This sense of support and comfort is also something our service people desire to know. They desire to know from us that we support them in their service to our cities and nation. Expressions of gratitude certainly go a long way. But, another tangible way to bless our service people is to pray for them. It is a great need among service people that they know the comfort of God being with them in moments of crisis. They need to know intimately the same promise God gave to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

Let us be there for each other in our times of need.

REFLECTION:

  1. How can we as the Body of Christ provide “Back-up support” from home and congregations consistently?

  2. How do we as neighbors reach out to our men and women who take care of us on a daily basis? Can we lay down our lives for them? Can we pray? Can we speak words of appreciation and do acts of kindness?

  3. What is God’s heart for our fire fighters, police officers, and military in the Northwest?

Linda Hanratty Tillamook, OR.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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