Chaplain’s Corner

A Brief Thought

Chaplain Stuart Haste

At some point in our lives, we all chose law enforcement to follow as our career path.  That path may have been a perfectly smooth walk, or it may have been one that has been accompanied by pitfalls.  It is through those pitfalls that we need to remember that we do not walk alone on this journey and that we do not have to fight the battles alone.  Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) reads: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

This promise allows us the comfort of knowing that we can overcome many things. There is a song titled “The Anchor Holds” that has been sung by several different artists.  One verse of the song reads: I have been young but I’m older now and there has been beauty these eyes have seen but it was in the night, through the storms of my life oh, that’s where God proved His love for me.” I feel that this verse just reinforces that nothing that is formed against us will prosper, and God is there for us.

In our positions as internal affairs investigators, we are tasked with investigating complaints against our fellow officers.  It is our duty to act in an unbiased manner in all investigations because sometimes the complaint is frivolous and sometimes our employees act improperly.  Proverbs 3:27 (NIV) reads; Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act.”  It is our duty to ensure that we do not withhold a proper investigation and finding, regardless of what the outcome shows.

I would like to leave you with a short prayer, “Our Most Heavenly Father, we humbly come to you today to ask for your grace and mercy, which we do not deserve.  We ask that You protect our officers, both physically and spiritually, in their battles in this fallen world.  We also ask for discernment and wisdom while we conduct our investigations to allow us to come to the proper findings.  We ask all of this in your heavenly name.  Amen.”

I pray for the Lord to bless each of you.

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