If ever we needed reminding of the extreme danger and difficulty of police work, we had it in agonizing clarity in New York on Saturday night.

Two brave public servants are dead, assassinated by an evil coward.

Two families are in deep mourning, two extended families devastated for the rest of their lives.

Tens of thousands of police officers and their families live in a new dimension of fear, trembling with anxiety each time they kiss goodbye and start their shifts.

Our society is plunged into even greater division and enmity, the future looking bleaker, not brighter, by the day.

If ever there was a time for fervent prayer, it’s now – individually and corporately. What to pray? All I can offer are the instinctive reflexes of my own heart:

  • For comfort, strength, and hope for the weeping families.
  • For protection, courage, and peace for our police officers as they go about their jobs.
  • For calm daily (and nightly) trust for all police officers’ families.
  • For divine restraint on evil people.
  • For the end of violent protests and murderous rhetoric from the protesters and their leaders.
  • For wisdom for our leaders to know how to repair divisions and re-build confidence in the judicial process.
  • For new and godly leadership on every side to replace the old, divisive spokesmen with a vested interest in maintaining hate and division.
  • For the media to avoid exaggerated, partisan, sensationalism that provokes anger, bitterness, and vengeance.
  • For the Gospel to bring peace between God and people, and between different peoples.
  • For the church to become the model for a new society – integrated, loving, and holy.
  • For building of personal friendships between presently divided people.

On that last point, we could all make a difference by going out of our way in our everyday life to be friendly, kind, and generous when dealing with people who are different to us.

And how about every single one of us reaching out to build friendly relationships with law enforcement officers and even just one person of different color to ourselves. Over time that would do more to re-unite the divided states of America than any amount of legislation.

  • BlueRose

    Thank you so much. I needed to read this today. As the wife of a police officer, the last few months have been difficult. I truly see the depravity of man every time I get online and see the vile, hateful and violent things people say about our brothers and sisters in blue. I am really struggling with forgiveness of these individuals, and accepting the fact that my husband might give his life protecting the very people that curse his name. I remind myself that every day he puts that badge and gun on and encounters people at their lowest moments and gives them the gospel message. He reaches people most of us hope to never encounter. Today I weep for our NYPD family but God is sovereign.

    • David Murray

      Prayers for you and your family. I’m glad the post was a blessing to you.

  • aly k

    Thank you for your article. My husband has been a police officer for 15 years. It is a hard life. I came to terms early on with the fact that he may never come home. What is more difficult for me to deal with is the anxiety that he will be (and has been) judged on every normal decision and every split second decision he has to make. Police are expected to do the impossible by those who have no understanding of what their job entails. Most outside of law enforcement also have no understanding about the psychological, spiritual and physical toll that years of policework have on an officer and their family. The effects of hyper-vigilance are similar to ptsd experienced by soldiers but there is little if any mental healthcare provided by departments. Many officers never deal with these issues. Family members and good friends regularly and openly express hatred at worst and intense skepticism/suspicion at best toward police as a whole. Despite this, each day my husband humbly serves and protects not only the grateful and innocent but also those who openly despise and hate him and those who society itself would rather pretend don’t exist. He is not only a keeper of law/peace but provides services regularly that the public at large has litte knowledge of. He is a counselor, comforter, life saver, encourager, listener, prayer, hugger, mediator, advisor. And usually he is doing these things for those our society has discarded and has little use for. It is almost impossible to keep from becoming bitter, cynical and jaded. Sometimes, I feel it would be easier to just live a life separated from civilians, but I realize as a christian I am called to love, overlook offense and be understanding. I ask the Lord to give me these things daily as I have no ability to show them on my own.

  • Robert Grant

    In addition to prayer, we can support those who are suffering directly by donating to good causes. Please support the families of NYPD’s slain heroes! ALL THE MONEY DONATED GOES STRAIGHT TO THEIR FAMILIES!! Please support and share! https://www.e-cause.com/NYPD-Heroes?h=7YH