By Ken Witkoe
Approximately 4,000 braved the cold evening to share the warmth in their hearts at a candlelight and prayer vigil held Wednesday evening, Dec 2nd at the Lakewood YMCA. Pastors from local churches shared encouraging words and led prayers for the community, families of the slain officers and for all law enforcement officers.
Senior pastor of Tacoma’s Life Center, Dean Curry hosted the event with pastor Eric Boles. Pastor Boles prayed for peace in our city, while former Tacoma city council and current assistant in the Pierce County Executive’s office, prayed for the leadership of our community. Former reserve deputy and officer for both the Pierce County Sheriff and the Lakewood Police department, Ken Witkoe, prayed for all current law enforcement personnel. Pastor Dave Resinger of Life Center, led the lighting of the candles. Lakewood mayor Doug Richardson then led a “prayer walk” from the YMCA to the Lakewood police station. The Tacoma Scots pipe band played music as people gathered around the police memorial. More information on how to help the families of the slain officers and on up coming events are available this Facebook page.
This is the prayer given by Ken Witkoe for our law enforcement personnel:
Most gracious heavenly Father. We stand before you as humble citizens, in need not only of your help and protection, but also from your servants you have appointed as our earth bound guardians. It is for these brave men and women that we pray. respectfully, we ask that you would give these protectors the courage to fight on in such adversity. Give them wise judgment, strong spirits and graceful hearts. Help them to know that they are NOT alone – but loved and respected. And even though we may lift our foot off the peddle when we see them, we know they are placed here by You to give us peace of mind and heart. Father, guide these brave souls, surround them with your angels and divine order. And, Even as they labor to care for us – please , God care for them. And finally, dear Lord, If I may ask on behalf of all law enforcement personal, let us never have to meet under these circumstances again.