Family holiday pictures may or may not include my Aunt Violet. She was a nurse, and it was required for her to either work Thanksgiving or Christmas shifts. I never heard her complain about it. People get sick and injured every day of the year; holidays are no exception.
There are kind, compassionate people who give their lives in service to others. When Jonathan fell off his bike and cracked his skull, I was grateful that they exist. The ambulance medic held my hand while we raced to the hospital. An ER nurse sat with me and also held my hand. I had never experienced an emergency like it, but instinctively I knew that I needed human contact.
Today dangerous storms are passing through our community. Power lines are down, homes are demolished, and auto accidents abound. While schools and businesses closed allowing families to unite in hopeful safety at home, emergency workers left their own families in order to care for someone else’s.
Doctors and nurses are not the only ones. Police, fire, and power crews respond to emergencies. National Guardsmen (and women) rescue and protect us in times of crises. Every day regular humans like yourself selflessly sacrifice their time, comfort, safety, and lives to those around us.
What better time to tell a community worker how much you appreciate them than today?
And if you’re in the area: Stay home. It will make their jobs easier.
I demand that you love each other as much as I love you. And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends; John 15:12-13 TLB