As volunteer chaplain to the Holden Police Department, I was invited to offer an invocation at today's ribbon cutting for a new Public Safety Building that will house both fire and police departments.
Holy God, beyond all of our names and creeds: we gather here with joyful hearts to admire the work of human hands and to give thanks for all who had the vision to see what was necessary and the determination and perseverance to make it possible.
As we pause to dedicate this new Safety Building, we give thanks for the faithful leadership of Jack and George.
Above all we give You thanks for the police officers and firefighters who will work here for many years to come.
Grant them courage: courage to face and conquer fears, and to go where others dare not go;
Grant them strength: strength of body to protect others and strength of spirit to overcome adversity;
Grant them wisdom: wisdom to commit themselves anew to the job and to the safety and well-being of this community;
We pray for your abiding presence not only in this new building, but with these men and women as they travel through our streets and to our homes to serve the people of this town. Guide and protect them to do the work you have given them to do, and bless their families, who know better than anyone the sacrifices they make on our behalf.
(November 20, 2010)