It’s good to be back after a little hiatus from this blog!

A common theme at “The Paphos Paradigm” is a call to pray for leaders according to 1 Timothy 2:1-4.  That passage encourages us to pray for all people, but specifies “kings and all in authority”.   There are many categories of human authority that go beyond governmental offices, and one of those is law enforcement.  Let me urge you to remember those who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and keep our society orderly.  Pray for them spiritually.  Pray for their families who watch them drive away each day knowing they may face a life-or-death situation.  Pray for split-second decisions they must make to apply the right amount of force to resolve problems.  You can think of many more requests, I’m sure.

Even be thankful for that speeding or parking ticket that reminds us the truth from Romans 13:4 – “for it [human authority] is a minister of God to you for good…” 

I’m mindful of this now more than ever since last week.  Thursday, a friend of mine who worked as a wildlife conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commissionwas shot and killed while arresting someone for spotlighting deer and poaching.  David was a good guy who loved the Lord and loved his job. 

The full story is here if you’d like to read it.  Please pray for the Grove family and the many who were touched by David.

Would this murder have happened if he had been prayed for more?  Obviously God is the only One who can answer that, but we all should be reminded from now on to remember these servants in prayer.  They serve us and, according to Romans 13:4, are God’s ministers to us.

Thank God for these who answer an important call of our society and sacrifice so much to keep order.  And thank God for David Grove.