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Regarding Gun Control and Violence in the Unitites States of America

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Victoria Nicole See, daughter of Deputy Larry See receives the Sheriffs' Association
of Texas - Sheriff J.R. "Sonny" Sessions Memorial Scholarship.
The award was sponsored and presented by the widow & son of the late Sheriff
"Sonny" Sessions, Sessions Hemby and Ken Sessions.

2013 National Day of Prayer

Today in our Prayer Service we acknowledge the sacrifice of those Brazos County first responders lost and injured in the line of duty: August 13th, 2012 in College Station, Texas - Constable Brian Bachmann;

February 15th, 2013 in Bryan, Texas - Bryan Fire Lt. Gregory Pickard, Bryan Fire Lt. Eric Wallace; and those severely injured in the line of duty, Bryan Firefighters Ricky Mantey Jr. & Mitchel Moran.

LORD
, on this special day of prayer we ask You to recognize Sacrifices, give peace for those Grieving, Healing for those hurting, honor for Service, and to provide Courage for those serving.
For Sacrifices
LORD, we know that these first responders heeded the call to duty. We know that they were doing the job that we expected of them as public servants and that they knew the risks of their service. Yet, we are heart broken by the tragedy that they have suffered.....we are overwhelmed by their personal sacrifice. We will continue to honor them for their service and sacrifice by keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. LORD Jesus from your promise and through your sacrifice we know there is life eternal…..we ask that You bless and keep our fallen for eternity.

For Grieving

LORD
, we know that their loss and suffering has had a profound emotional distress on the family and friends of each. We know that the grief of such a significant loss lingers and brings challenges that are unforeseen. We ask that You bring comfort to those who are grieving and help them to understand that their loved one's sacrifice is a demonstration of their selfless character and of their caring for the whole community. We hope that the families might find peace in the words of John 15 verse13 (KJV) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

For Healing

LORD
, we come together to grieve for those who have fallen and are hurting. We honor them for their sacrifice. and ask that You bestow Your mercies on those left behind; the families and friends who have a terrible void or disruption in their lives. Help them to find solace in love & support that has been demonstrated and guide the hands of those who are treating the survivors. Reassure us LORD, that the healing process will make us whole again and that we will always remember those who have given so much.

For Service

LORD,
we know that all peace officers and fire fighters who serve are at risk of harm every day. Even with this tragic loss of peers as a reminder, they continue to report for duty. Help us to not take for granted the sacrifices that are made by these men & women who protect us. Help us to recognize their service and to hold them up to You for protection. We ask that You grant them the peace and serenity they deserve and through Your benevolence we ask that You watch over them and guide them as they serve.

For Courage

LORD,
we ask that You grant them the strength and perseverance to overcome any adversity; give them the courage to stand up to any threat; give them the compassion to comfort all victims; and give them the understanding to know that their service does matter....their service matters to each of us and it matters to You.

LORD, thank You for lives of the fallen, heal those who are hurting, and lift up those who heed the call.
AMEN.
Chris Kirk, Brazos County Sheriff
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

CONCORDANCE
Sacrifice:
John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 15:13 (KJV) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Grieving:

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV)
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Psalm 33:22 1 (KJV) Let thy mercy (O Lord) be upon us: according as we hope in thee.

Psalm 34:17 (KJV) The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, And delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Matthew 5:4 (KJV) Blessed {are} they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Healing:

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
“Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew {their} strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; {and} they shall walk, and not faint
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Psalm 57:1 (KJV) Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Service:

Romans 8:28
(KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to {his} purpose

Luke 22:27 (KJV) For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Courage:

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psalm 23:4 (KJV) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou {art} with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Isaiah 43:2 (KJV) When thou passest through the waters, I {will be} with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.