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  • You alone are the Lord. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them - Nehemiah 9.6
  • I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. - Genesis 9.13
  • He is the God who made the world and everything in it - Acts 17.24
  • The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth - Isaiah 40.28
  • I made the earth and created man on it - Isaiah 45.12
  • Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth? - Acts 7.50
  • It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth - Isaiah 48.13
  • Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? - Isaiah 40.26
  • He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains - Psalm 95.4
  • From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. - Psalm 113.3
  • In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth - Genesis 1.1
  • The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. - Psalm 19.1
  • Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. - Psalm 121.2

MY ANGEL

Written by chaplain on 8 April, 2014. Posted in Uncategorized

MY ANGEL

Written by a UK Police Constable.   March, 2014

I’ll start from the beginning… I was born without a father, as he did not want any parental responsibilities. He simply wasn’t there when I was born. However, I was born in one of the most beautiful cities in the word…. Barcelona!

“I fear the future.”

Written by chaplain on 25 November, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

As a chaplain I hear this a lot. It comes from the hearts of people often in turmoil and change. It could be a change in their work or home life or in the face of loss through a death.

20 Marriage Tips Everyone Needs to Know

Written by chaplain on 6 September, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

This article was sent to me and I would like to post it. I get asked by officers all the time…How can I work on rebuilding my marriage? Well here is 20 great things you can work at. Press on!   Chaplain Steve.

Below are 20 wise marriage tips from a man that was recently divorced. You wouldn’t normally think that a divorced man would give good advice on being a husband, but this man has been through enough hardship to know what is worth fighting for:

The Long Silence

Written by chaplain on 1 July, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

As a police chaplain I get asked many questions. The top one is often ‘Where is God amidst the suffering and evil in our world?’ Most who are asking are mad at God and don’t feel God is fair or understands our pain. They often have suffered something and are very upset that God didn’t stop it.

‘I need back-up NOW!’

Written by chaplain on 15 June, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

 

Those words bring a chill when heard on the police radios. An officer needing help and needing it quick. It sends everyone running in hopes that the officer can just hold on till help arrives. Sometimes, they make it and all survive with a laugh and a pat on the back for a job well done. Sometimes, they don’t make it on time and the officer suffers and possibly is even killed. There is no laughter and no pat on the back; only an embrace with tears. I think this aspect of the job is what most officers fear. Will back-up always be there? Will someone cover my back?

Why did you join the Police Force?

Written by chaplain on 23 April, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

As I go into stations and out with officers I see many a frustrated officer. That’s one of the reasons I am here. I am a place where they can offload before they explode.  I am a fence at the top of the cliff and not just an ambulance at the bottom.

Control: who really has it?

Written by chaplain on 12 March, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

All first responders–from police to A&E Dr’s and nurses–all of you are required to take control.  You are called out or turn up to some of life’s worst things and you must be in control and take control. You are ‘fix it’ people! It’s just the nature of the job and maybe why you chose it.

As a Chaplain to police officers here in the UK, control is a big issue and one I am called on about the most. Things like….“My wife is leaving and has filed for divorce! It’s all out of my control!”  “I couldn’t…

The Dreaded “C” Word

Written by chaplain on 25 February, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

“CHANGE.” This word is being thrown around every day in our news. It’s the big word in the UK police forces. The Government is saying it and passing it down the line for the SMT to put into action. Officers in the stations are facing its implications. It breeds fear in them and all of us to be fair. “What’s going to happen next? How will it affect me and my family? Don’t they see it will not work, and don’t they care?” The list of questions change brings goes on and on.

As a Police Chaplain walking alongside officers as they face these changes, I get approached for answers.  “Chaplain, what are we to do with…

A Day with the Motorway

Written by chaplain on 11 February, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

From the first time I was invited out with a motorway officer 4 years ago, I was impressed. The road driving skills and speeds that I saw were something to envy. The things that surprised me most, though, were the attitudes and actions of the public out there driving. The speeders and also the tunnel vision drivers, who never see the officer who is wanting to pass despite the blue lights and loud sirens. And, of course, the great liars who are caught without insurance and who try their best to lie their way out of it.

One such man, who was caught by the officer without insurance, gave us his brother’s details, hoping to “twirl” the officer.  After a good 10 minutes, the officer gave me a wink and smile and…

The risk of infection

Written by chaplain on 1 February, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

I read a statement the other day that really hit me. It brought to mind again the risk police officers and first responders face every day. William Barclay notes “He who would cure an infectious disease always runs the risk of infections.”

As officers and first responders you face evil infections every day. These could be physical infections like HIV and Hep C, or they may be the subtle kind that infects your mind, will and emotions. The kind of emotional issues that go right through your protective clothing…

A Day with CSI

Written by chaplain on 30 January, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

In my role as a volunteer chaplain I try to get out with as many officers and staff as possible. I was very impressed by my day out with a CSI officer. It opened my eyes to the unseen.

The officer had the task of finding out and so proving who had been at the crime scene. Blood, hair, footprints and fingerprints were recovered–all told a story. The most convincing was DNA that could prove that certain people had been in that house. They had left a bit of themselves behind–on a glass, cigarette butt, etc.–that they could not see with the natural eye.

The officer showed me the CSI toolbox, which was fascinating. My mouth fell open when the especially powerful torch was shown on the dusted floor and doors. The prints jumped to life! The natural eye could now see the before-unseen evidence. The light brought it all out!

My mind was now flooded with…

Your Tracks?

Written by chaplain on 23 January, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

I am sure all of you police officers have heard stories of the thief who breaks into the home in the middle of a snowstorm. He gets in, steals things he can carry and is off. He thinks he is the best there ever was, only to be shocked to have the police show up at his door and catch him with all the stolen goods! He asks ‘How did you know?’ The officer’s reply was ‘We only had to follow your tracks in fresh snow!’ He left a trail!

After the fresh snow falls here in Lancashire I love to go out for an early morning walk. As a deerstalker, I love tracking animals. I love following their fresh tracks to see where they slept, where they ate, and whether they were running or just strolling along. Their tracks tell everything. They really tell the story of their lives. As I walk in the snow I can see where both man and beast have been.

Walking in the snow today brought these verses from the Bible to my mind: Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight’. As I look back, I can see my trail in the snow and see where I walked straight and where I wandered.  If you followed me today you could learn something about me: I wander! It also makes me think of this verse in Proverbs 5:21: ‘For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and He examines all his paths’. God sees my path and nothing is hidden from Him.

I found myself thinking…

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