Today, at our church service this morning, Sir Dragon Preacher and I wanted to remember this day but to remember it as a day of hope as well as remembrance and so, we chose to observe it by honoring the members of our church family who serve in law enforcement, as fire fighters and as paramedics/emt's for being there when everyone else needs them the most, sometimes as part of their job, sometimes as volunteers, sometimes above and beyond what is expected of them.
It surprised them. But it was nice to see them so honored.
It was a good day.
A Prayer of Blessing for Firefighters, Police Officers, Medical Workers, and All Who Serve Us in Times of Crisis
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy,
who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity
and the great commandment of love for one another.
Send down your blessings on these your servants,
who so generously devote themselves to helping others.
Grant them courage when they are afraid,
wisdom when they must make quick decisions,
strength when they are weary,
and compassion in all their work.
When the alarm sounds
and they are called to aid both friend and stranger,
let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
-adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal