A traffic stop led to a touching moment between a DPS trooper and a driver.
Trooper Connor Hardin stopped a car on Highway 84 Friday between Sweetwater and Snyder because it did not have a front license plate. The registration was also expired.
Hardin said he gave the driver, Pastor Davis, two warnings.
“I typically do not write citations for the violations he was committing,” Hardin wrote on his Facebook page.
Sounds pretty routine, right? Well it is what happened next that makes this ordinary traffic stop newsworthy.
“Heavenly Father … I thank you for the opportunity to stand beside the highway in the Great State of Texas, joined in hand and in heart with a fellow Texan,” David prayed.
That’s right, Hardin and Davis joined hands, bowed their heads and prayed right there on the side of the highway with traffic zipping by at 70 miles per hour.
“Cover this my brother with the rich, royal and redemptive blood of the Lord Jesus Christ,” Davis prayed. “Bless him as he goes forth. Bless him as he goes home and camp your guardian angels around him that no hurt, harm or danger befalls he or any of his colleagues.”
After the prayer, Hardin asked “can I have a hug?”
The two men embraced before Davis drove off and Hardin continued his patrol.
Transcript of dash cam video
Pastor Davis: “Heavenly Father, in the matchless and marvelous name of Christ our King, I thank you for the opportunity to stand beside the highway in the Great State of Texas, joined in hand and in heart with a fellow Texan, a fellow friend, a fellow believer, a fellow seeker of the holy and divine will. I thank you Father for his courage. I thank you for his commitment to helping us who enjoy the safe passages of this state to just drive in such a pleasant and safe environment. God I lift him, I lift his family, I lift his co-workers, his colleagues and all that share his passion for correctness. And I just pray a hedge of protection around him and them and all that they put their hands to. God I lift and pray for every assignment, every passenger, every rider, every driver on these highways. I pray that they would first of all respect your law and then that they would respect the laws of our great state. God I bless you for this time. I thank you for this request. I honor you for this opportunity. And I just pray God, feel this prayer. Cover this my brother with the rich, royal and redemptive blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bless him as he goes forth. Bless him as he goes home and camp your guardian angels around him that no hurt, harm or danger befalls he or any of his colleagues. Thank you God for yet ruling and reigning in the Kingdom of me. We ask it all. We petition you for it in the matchless name of Christ our Lord. Thank you God. Amen!
Pastor: Amen! Amen!
Trooper: Can I have a hug?
Pastor: Yes sir!
Trooper: Thank you!
Pastor: Oh officer, thank you. You have blessed me today.