Bossier Deputy delivers prayer instead of a ticket

Bossier deputy delivers prayer instead of a ticket

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A typical traffic stop, at times, can be anything but typical. But one thing is constant, it requires at least two things - a violator and a law enforcer.

"So I really wasn't paying attention to my speed going down the road," said Maxine Morgan.

She was driving through Bossier Parish, headed to Shreveport.

"I was parked at Taylor's Grocery looking for speeders heading west," explained Bossier Parish Deputy Jackie Loveless. "When they came by, they were speeding."

"I was paying attention to my driving," said Morgan. "But my mind wasn't there."

Standard on all traffic stops, Deputy Loveless called in his location and Morgan's license plate. But unique to his stops, Loveless says a quiet prayer before getting out of his patrol car.

After walking up to Morgan's car, he began with pleasantries, pretty standard stuff for a standard traffic stop.

"He was very nice," confirmed Morgan, although her mind wasn't exactly on the side of that south Bossier highway.

Maxine was headed to the memorial for her daughter Daphne who had died just days before.

"It's hard, very hard," Morgan said, fighting back the tears. "It's the hardest thing in the world to have to give up one of your kids."

Moments after explaining to Deputy Loveless where she was headed, he suddenly reached inside her car and grab her hand and asked for the hand of her husband sitting in the passenger seat.

"I asked her, 'Ma'am, do you mind if I pray with you?'" said Loveless.

Morgan and her husband didn't hesitate.

"When the spirit of the Lord comes up to me to pray, I'm obedient to him and pray with that person," explained Loveless.

"It just touched me so much," remembered Morgan. "He took the time to pray with us."

It was a moving moment for Deputy Loveless as well.

"In the middle of prayer, she grabbed my hand and held my hand real tight. And tears started coming from her, tears of greatness and tears of appreciation," said Loveless.

The deputy's grand gesture didn't go unnoticed at the sheriff's office.

"Jackie understands we deal with a lot of people, but in a lot of times in the most stressful, critical event they've ever had to deal with in their lives," said Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington. "He exemplifies, first off, a man, a Christian man."

In every sense of the word it would seem. Deputy Loveless also pastors a church he started in Bossier City.

"Unfortunately, it wouldn't make headlines," points out Sheriff Whittington. "99 percent of what we do is positive and people need to know that."

As for Morgan, she wasn't ticketed, but just sent on her way with a prayer shared by Deputy Loveless.

"I think he was our miracle that day," said Morgan.

She said now when thinking back about the heartbreaking day she had to bury her daughter, she'll also remember the good that happened to her on the side of the road.

"We needed something that day and he gave it to us," said Morgan.

Deputy Loveless actually prayed with two other people on the side of the road that day. He said some days the good Lord just speaks to him that way and he listens.

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