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Sheriff Curtis McGehee's poems

Susan Riddell
susan.riddell@kaco.org
10/11/2018

Sheriff Curtis McGehee's poems

Sheriff Curtis McGehee's poems

FOR ALL FIRST RESPONDERS
The road I travel is a hard one
The hills I climb are steep
Sometimes I find I’m lonely
I hide myself and weep
The burden that I carry
Is one that I should share
But I keep it to myself
Not knowing how much others care
I love helping others
It is a joy to keep them safe
But sometimes memories are left
that just won’t go away
I will continue with my service
But I know the price I’ll pay
It’s dealing with the images
That just don’t go away
For all of those who serve with me
I hope you find your way
If you can share your burden
On the front line you can stay
Remember those who love you
Are the ones that need you the most
Be the person they once loved
Never become their ghost.

PRAYER IN HONOR
OF TROOPER JOSEPH PONDER
Dear God:
I like my job. I like fishing, hunting and taking long walks on country roads.
I like popcorn when I am at the movies; I like spending time with my friends.
I like barn, tractors and trains; I like old cars.
I like sitting on my back porch and listening to songbirds; I like to look up at the stars as they light up the sky.
I love my friends, my neighbors, and God I love you.
I love hugging my children and my wife.
I love going to church and singing hymns.
I love my country and my community; I sometimes cry when I pledge allegiance to the flag.
I love to live.
I enjoy band shows, ball games and amusement parks.
I enjoy family and high school reunions.
I enjoy watching my grandson play.
I enjoy “The Three Stooges, Andy Griffith and Gunsmoke.
I am not perfect but God you know that my heart is not small.
I treat others – the way I want to be treated.
I care for those who are sick, hurting and wounded by circumstances of life.
Dear God, there are those who hate and despise me, not for any of these reasons but because I love peace.
God, as you know my brothers and sisters who serve as officers are not unlike me.
They serve their communities and they feel that keeping peace and community safety is important.
We need a hedge around us so that those who love evil and darkness may not prevail.
God today and everyday be with your men and women who wear the badge.
God remind those who lay in wait that we are your children; for you said Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.