On September 11, 2002, we held a dinner in
Dear Lord, you know that when
And we certainly don’t say “Thank You” nearly often enough.
Heavenly Father, bless these heroes in our midst. Remind us to appreciate the sacrifices they make. Bless this time of fellowship and remembrance, and bless the food we are about to enjoy, to give us the strength we need to continue to do your Will. Amen
Introduction to A Time of Remembrance
I heard a song this morning written by Tom Paxton. It’s called “The Bravest”. It’s about a man heading down the
Every time I try to sleep
I’m haunted by the sound
Of firemen pounding up the stairs
While we are running down.
Tonight we gather to remember and honor heroes in
Heavenly Father, we now close this evening of remembrance and reflection. Tomorrow, we pick up our daily lives. As we retire, give us a safe passage home and a safe day tomorrow.
Lord, you have given us many gifts. You give us Your servants, who leave their work and their beds to respond when we are in trouble. They minister to us with skill, dedication and professionalism.
You have made a beautiful world, Lord, but for reasons only You know, there is danger of many kinds. Protect us from those dangers, we pray, and if that is not possible, may your servants arrive in time to aid and succor us in our hour of need.
Remind us, Lord, every time we hear a siren, to say a prayer for those who are in need, and those rushing to offer assistance. Remind us to pray that the emergency team will arrive in time and in safety. Inspire them, Lord, to act and react correctly.
And finally, give us a thankful heart and words to let Your servants know how much we appreciate and love them.
Today, when you see a police officer, a fireman or an emergency medical technician or paramedic, please take the time to say “Thank you.”
The cartoon is today's "One Big Happy".