The Lord Is Merciful
The Lord is merciful and compassionate; slow to anger, and giving of kindness and love……”
Saturday was one of those typical Jersey summer days; humidity and temperature about equal, and the sun adding a bit to help bake. I received a notification early of a fatality in one of the communities where I serve as a police chaplain and arrived at the scene a short time later. Praying for the young man was about all that I could do as we all were waiting for the investigation to run its’ course. While there, we received word of a fatal car accident and it was felt by all I could be of more service there.
I knew many of the officers and firefighters on scene, and had prayed with the NJ State Police Sergeant and crew at a diner in the past.
As we waited for the painstaking and thorough investigation with multiple agencies involved, I observed this Psalmist’s verse being lived out. God was working through everyone on scene in so many ways. Here are just a few.
The main concern was for the family of the deceased: it was imperative to be 100% certain of the young man’s identity. The secondary concern was for everyone on scene: I lost count of how many times I heard “Pastor Lou, you ok?” Or “_______ is having a tough time; can I have him talk to you?” Do you need water? We have some coffee if you’d like… and on and on. Kindness
And finally when we went to the parents’ home, the officer showed a tenderness and compassion that only comes as a gift from God in sharing news that turns a family upside down.
God was present through all the events that day; and I wanted to take this time to say “Thank you” to all our first responders. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers; and I wish you peace and safety!
Pastor Lou Strugala