Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I come before you today to share the blessings and challenges of being a Police Chaplain for 7 years in Butte, Montana.
As a Police Chaplain, I had the honor of serving alongside the courageous men and women of law enforcement who risk their lives daily to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities.
One of my most memorable experiences was riding with Officer Bill Burt at night. As we patrolled the streets, I witnessed firsthand the bravery and dedication of our officers as they worked tirelessly to maintain Law and Order. It was a humbling experience, and it reminded me of the words of Jesus in John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."
As a Police Chaplain, I was privileged to be a part of the Law Enforcement community, but my role was also to offer Spiritual support to those who serve. Just as missionaries go to foreign lands to share the Gospel, Police Officers, and Chaplains can be missionaries for Jesus in their own communities.
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus said, "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." The men and women of Law Enforcement are called to be a light in the darkness, to bring hope to those who are hurting, and to show compassion to those who have been victimized.
As a Police Chaplain, I could offer comfort and hope to those who had experienced tragedy or loss. I also prayed with Officers before they went out on patrol, offering them encouragement and strength for the challenges they would face.
We need to remember that the work of Law Enforcement is challenging. Police officers face daily danger, trauma, and stress and need our support and prayers.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul wrote, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
As we reflect on the importance of Law Enforcement and the role of Police Chaplains, let us be reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
May we continue to support and pray for our Law Enforcement Community and be missionaries for Jesus, in our communities, bringing Light and Hope to those around us.