Thanksgiving Prayers from PoliceLink's Chaplains
Chaplain Bill Wolfe / Llano County Sheriff's Office
Hello, and welcome once again to the Thanksgiving edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. Since Thanksgiving is the time specially designated to giving God thanks, I thought I’d open this up and let a couple of my PL Chaplain friends share their thanks and prayers.
A Prayer from Chaplain Tom, Hampton, VA
Thank You, Lord, for letting me roam far and wide. Thank You for calling me to serve with Livermore, CA, PD; Plumas County, CA, Sheriff’s Office and still hanging in, with Hampton, VA, Police Division! What a wonderful life. You have allowed me to pastor, preach, counsel and even sing Your praises! Even with all these blessings I do have one more petition…to be a TEXAS RANGER CHAPLAIN…before I die!
A Prayer from Chaplain Ray, Winterville, GA
Gracious, loving, Heavenly Father, I come boldly before Your Throne with a humble heart, asking that You pour out a special blessing on the men and women of law enforcement. Some of those Officers may be just beginning their careers in a world which will very likely at some time call them into harm’s way. Others have already heard the call of danger’s trumpet many times and never failed to respond. For both these groups, I offer up the grateful praises of thanksgiving that You have blessed this country with such a warrior breed.
Lord God, never let one American forget that it is only by Thy grace that we are blessed as a nation where freedom, justice and liberty reign for all our citizens. I know that it is only because of men and women like the men and women of law enforcement and those who serve in the military, men and women willing to be guided by Your wisdom and strength, men and women known as Peace Officers and Warriors, that our nation will remain as strong and bright with freedom’s light as it is now.
God, I know You hold a special place in heaven for those warriors in the brotherhood of arms who love You and stand boldly with honor, courage and commitment in the face of evil. Almighty Father, Creator of all life, I ask that You endow these officers with these additional attributes so they may continue to fight the longest running war known to man, “the war of good verses evil.”
When they face danger – Be their fortress.
Should they face the impossible and feel inadequate – a common place for law enforcement Officers – Remind them that nothing is too difficult for “the Creator of Heaven and Earth” and that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.
Religion in Policing
When they are tired, anxious and afraid – Give them rest and Your peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding.
When they feel they can not take another step or face another shift, a feeling they may often may experience – Empower them with Your strength and stamina.
Whenever they feel weighed down with their own personal trials – May Your grace prove sufficient.
When they are confused and are faced with critical decisions – Provide them with the sound judgment that will lead them to victory and protect their families and their fellow Officers.
Should they face physical and spiritual temptation – Arm them with moral courage and help keep their faith and trust firmly anchored in You.
At the height of the battle when they grow faint – Give them shelter in the shadow of Your wings.
Bring these Officers through each and every trial they face, I pray. Through the fire and trials of life, may they praise Your benevolence, generosity and sanctity as they strive to live lives filled with Integrity, Justice, Compassion, Valor and Faith.
Heavenly Father, You know that freedom has always had a high price, Oh Lord, a price that sometimes requires the shedding of “innocent and just blood” to purchase that precious gift for so many others, often that includes some who are unwilling or incapable of standing up to evil themselves.
I ask You, God, to grant a special protection for all men and women who are willing to stand in the gap and serve all mankind; those who are willing to face the foundation of evil’s ways and pay whatever price is required to secure for ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty and justice so cherished by all.
I ask these things in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
A Prayer from Chaplain Bill Wolfe, Llano County, Texas
And I’ll close with a prayer of my own:
Lord, we come once again to the Thanksgiving season. We give You praise and thanks for the many blessings You bestow upon us as we go from day to day. But as we count our blessings, we lift up those among us who have had loss and tragedy come to touch their lives. Help them to reach out to You, for You alone are able to bring comfort in these situations. Help them find even some small thing that they can be thankful for in the midst of sorrow. Encourage them, O Lord, and help them through the days ahead. We thank for Your protection of our peace officers here at home and service personnel around the world and ask for continued protection for them. Thank You, too, for permitting us to live in a country where we’re free to worship You. Amen.
I hope you have a great time with your families this Thanksgiving. Blessings to you and yours.