BLUE PRAYERS

BLUE PRAYERS

By Dan Philips

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
 

Recent events around the country, and the world, remind us that people are longing to be heard. Years of racism, human rights violations, mistrust and misunderstanding have created an environment where peace is often hard to come by.
 
FUMC has long believed in, and advocated for, good policing in our community. We understand the difficult job police officers have on the streets and realize that they too are children of a loving God just like the rest of us.
 
Our Police Prayer Team lifts up these brave men and women each day by praying for each officer by name. They send notes of encouragement, and remember the officers on their birthdays. They know these are our brothers and sisters out there protecting and serving each and everyone of us even though they do not know us by name.
 
We are fortunate in Peoria to have a police department that places an emphasis on community outreach and establishing positive relationships with those they serve. Are they perfect in all they do? No, and neither are we.
 
At Loaves & Fish each week, and in church, we have established positive relationships with the officers that serve us and our church family. These officers reach out to our neighbors that come to Loaves & Fish with kind words, encouragement, and try to be a part of solutions to issues that arise. The Peoria Police Department also has an active community development and outreach program that promotes neighborhood meetings and get togethers, parties in the parks, sports activities for kids, and shopping help at Christmas.
 
Through this all, we want what our heavenly Father wants for us all: hearts filled with love, grace, respect, and courage. Courage helps us recognize when we have made mistakes. Courage helps us to change long held wrong beliefs and prejudices. Courage helps us to apologize and to forgive. Courage helps us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
 
Please continue to lift up in prayer all that are suffering and all that are serving us during this time of change. And, give thanks to the officers of the Peoria Police Department.

If you would like to volunteer to be a part of this prayer ministry team, click below to email Richard Moore for details.