A Prayer For First Responders
As we go into the summer months, and the reality of the pandemic somehow blends into the background… I invite you to take a minute or two and say a prayer for those who continue to deal with this challenge affecting our society, for whom the reality of danger remains real and continuing.
I share this prayer from Augsburg University… it speaks to my heart and hopefully it will to yours..
For all first responders: police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and paramedics who we lean on in times of crisis and when we need help and protection. For all those who run toward danger for the sake of others and for those who strengthen them, their families and loved ones during this stressful time in our nation and the world. We offer this scripture and prayer for all first responders who have been working tirelessly and selflessly and who meet each day with courage and heart.
“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Let us pray:
Almighty God, you lend your strength to all those who are there for us in times of crisis, fear, and hurt. You give courage to the first responders who continue to do this important work they are called to do, looking beyond the risk for the sake of those who need your help and protection. We give you thanks for the many ways they give of themselves, their skills, knowledge and help in troubling times. Protect them, o Lord. Extend your shielding hand over them and comfort their hearts when they are tired and heartbroken.
God, we also lift up prayers of thanksgiving and comfort for the families of first responders and all who support them. Give them hope and courage. Surround them with your loving presence and give them peace when their loved ones run toward uncertainty. All this we pray in your name. Amen.
Chaplain Gary Atkins