Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tragic Post Police Week Loses

Bereavement Announcement 

Vehicles as the weapon. 

Tragic beginning to the week. 

It is the first week after the United States’ Police Week Celebration which was held in Washington, DC and throughout the country.  Unfortunately there was no respite from violent attacks against Police Officers. 

On Sunday May 20 the Unfathomable happened when one of our sisters in law enforcement became the fatal victim of Domestic Violence when her father is reported to have deliberately drove his car into a restaurant she was dining in murdering her and her sister in law. 

Please pray for the family, friend and colleagues of Gaston County Sheriff (NC) Corporal Katelyn Self. 

On Monday another one of our sisters in law enforcement was brutally murder by a vehicle while on duty in Baltimore County (MD).

Police Officer Amy Caprio was run over by a teenage burglary suspect while attempting to stop he and his friends from fleeing her investigation. She was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. 

Officer Caprio is the first female Officer to die in the line of duty in the history of the Baltimore County Police Department. 

Please keep the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Caprio in your prayers. 

Today we also remember the slaying of another sister in law enforcement Cheshire Police Officer Elaine McIver who lost her life while attending an Arianna Grande Concert in Manchester UK.  She and all those who lost their lives at this concert remain in our thoughts and prayers. 

It’s important that we are vigilant in all we do. We never know from where an attack may come. Staying Alert is key. Sadly a sign of the times is that we are never off duty and can become a target at anytime. 

I encourage you to talk with your family and friends to prepare them for the unthinkable. No where is safe. No one is safe from the violence of this age. 

Attacks are happening at malls, at schools, at places of worship; places formerly considered safe venues are now being assaulted more and more often. 

We must prepare for a “When” not “if “ scenario when it comes to potential threats. 

This life is full of endless possible occurrences. We must not live our lives in fear. Mental preparation is our strength. Let’s learn from the lessons of our fallen.  

Each time one of our sisters or brothers in law enforcement is injured or loses their life we must study the situation and learn from it. This is what the attackers do. 

They take up the mantle of chaos and violence, we carry the shield of Peace and the mantle of Order (in enforcement of the law of the land ). 

As we say goodbye to these brave warriors let us “live alert” in their honor.
We will be adding Corporal Self and Officer Caprio to our IAWP memorial site 
and honoring them at our annual memorial ceremony at our Annual Conference in Calgary. 

I pray for safety and protection over you all. 

In your service,
Tamia Dow 
IAWP Chaplain 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Follow the inner prompt

Happy Tuesday. 

I attended the memorial service of my friend RuthAnn Sesto. Four days before she passed I saw her at church and was able to get my last healing hug from her. 

Please remember regardless of your age or perceived circumstance tomorrow is not promised to any of us. 

You never know when you will be having your last conversation with a friend or seeing your loved one for the last time. 

Live each day to the fullest. If God puts someone on your heart, reach out to them. You never know if they are in need of your healing touch, wisdom or kind words. Only God knows our last day, our last hour, our last experience. 

Many of us shared about our last Sunday with RuthAnn. We all in reflection found it a very directed and memorable experience because she said or did something special for each one of us. She in essence said her goodbyes and we did not realize it. 

I encourage you to make the most of each encounter or telephone call or prompting to connect with someone as if it’s the last time you will interact with them because it may be For You or For Them. 


Bless you all 🙏

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Holy Weekend and Happy Holiday Greeting

Happy Early Year Holiday Greetings 

I do know it’s not Spring time for all our members yet. I send warm greetings to all whichever season your country may be in. 

There are many celebrations going on this time of year and I am sending well wishes and blessings for this new season.

Many families are celebrating a break for school holidays.

Today is Good Friday as part of the Christian Holy Week with Easter following on Sunday (the Orthodox observed another week). 

This evening also marks the beginning of Passover for our Jewish members. 

Whether you celebrate with candles, chocolate and/or church/synagogue attendance do enjoy your family time and fellowship  with your friends. 

Keep our colleagues who are not off during the holidays in your prayers. We pray for peace, safety and wisdom for all who will be covering the watch. 

Please spend time with your loved ones. We are not meant to live this life alone. I pray you will have an amazing Holiday season. 

Blessings,

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain 
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Reflection on International Women's Day

One day set aside to recognize the accomplishment of women worldwide.

International Women's Day 

Who are you celebrating today ? 
Who did you take the time to recognize ? 

Monday, January 01, 2018

What is the significance of a number ?

Start
A new start
Start with the beginning
Start with One
The first
The first step
The new beginning

What's your dream for 2018 ?

What will you do to accomplish it ?

Who will you tell ?