When I was growing up I wanted to be one. They were brave. They were smart. They saved peoples’ lives and got to ride on the bumper of speeding engines. Yes, I wanted to be a firefighter.
Some of our children may have been planning the same thing this past week. Our church’s Day School is studying Community Helpers in September and had a special visit from some local firefighters. The children were able to inspect the uniforms, equipment, and the large, bright red fire truck.
In some ways, firefighters remind me of key attributes of God.
The Psalmist wrote: “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry ... he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34: 15-18)
God hears our cries for help and can be relied upon to respond. God waits, God listens and God delivers. Today, if you are in trouble, brokenhearted or crushed in spirit; call upon the Lord. He cares enough to save and will not delay in his response.
Let us give thanks and glory to God as we gratefully remember and celebrate the first responders in our community whose ordinary day-to-day duties are full of devotion to preserve life and to serve the common good. God is the creator, redeemer and sustainer of all life including the lives firefighters seek to protect and serve. Yes, God stands ready to deliver, to rescue, to give meaning and purpose to all who would call upon him this day.
It is good that our children should dream of becoming servants and heroes. It is good that we celebrate those who devote their lives to service and the preservation of life.
May their devotion inspire us today and remind us of God’s redemption made available in Jesus Christ.