The Final Inspection; A Beautiful Policeman’s Prayer

Police prayer

The Final Inspection

 The policeman stood and faced his God,

Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who carry badges
can’t always be a saint.

I‘ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t…..I’ll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

Step forward now, policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell.” 

Located this Prayer @ acopswatch@gmail.com

6 thoughts on “The Final Inspection; A Beautiful Policeman’s Prayer

  1. To my son and every police officer , God Bless you all ,you see the good ,the bad, and the ugly,and deal with it with highest amount of professionalism may God protect you all .

  2. I have 32 years as a police officer. This says it all. My father walked a foot beat. We all feel this way and this prayer touches us all in ways most people cannot understand or comprehend. For my father, God bless you, may he rest in peace and walk a beat in heaven. Thanks Pop for all you did for me.

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