Rev. Barry W. Chance's Letter to the Editor on Local Government Session
The Leadership Tangipahoa Class of 2014 spent Tuesday, October 15 examining city government in our parish and spending time with the fine agents of the Customs and Border Protection unit at the airport. I would especially like to thank the agents for their work. Their presence in Hammond can easily go unnoticed as they interdict smugglers across seven states and the Gulf, but the fruits of their labor are in what is not seen: over 2,000 lbs of narcotics kept off our streets so far this year.
I would also like to thank Mayor Foster of Hammond and Mayor Zabbia of Ponchatoula for taking the time to speak with us about the issues facing our communities and for making other city employees available to us as well. The labor of many of these employees goes unnoticed and unappreciated until something goes awry, so I'd like to offer a special prayer of thanksgiving for them and the work that they do to improve our communities. This is a practice that I have been sharing with my congregation since this year's Leadership class began and one that I look forward to continuing in the months to come.
O Lord, our Sovereign,
we pray for the welfare of our cities,
for in their welfare we find our own.
To all those called to lead,
Grant wisdom and humility.
May those who preserve us from harm be preserved as well.
For the miracle of running water and for those who make it clean,
We give thanks.
For new life springing forth in the wetlands as the earth reclaims our waste,
We stand in awe.
For street lamps that light up the darkness;
For roads that deliver us safely home;
For parks where we can be re-created in our recreation;
And for the unseen hands that change the bulbs,
patch the potholes,
and pick up the trash;
We are grateful.
Bless the work of all those who serve our cities,
So that our cities might reflect the gladness of the City of God.
Rev. Barry W. Chance