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Emergency Workers

heart-665186__180Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.  ~David Thomas

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


teacher-702998__180One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. Carl Jung

I am preparing my mind and body for chaperoning a trip to Gatlinburg this weekend. I will be taking three 13 year old girls and a 17 year old girl to a youth rally. I will be the only adult. Deep breath.

The enormity of the responsibility, the lack of adult conversation and distraction, and the time with all females have turned my memory to school trips I took as a youth.

The highly anticipated sixth grade trip to Washington, DC must have been a nightmare for the teachers. Taking children who have never been away from home to a huge metropolis, spending the nights in a hotel which had doors that could be opened without their knowledge . . . It boggles the mind to think how stressful that must have been.

Good teachers are a rare breed. They give themselves sacrificially to people who mostly don’t appreciate them. I mean, who likes a boss that gives you work to take home? Who would want a job at which you are always incompetent? But isn’t that the life of a student?

Yet, these teachers throw themselves on the hot fire of students’ lives in order to make the world a better place. They teach reading and math so that students can participate in society. They teach economics and history so future citizens will make better decisions. They teach literature, art, and music so that the world will be a beautiful place.

Sometimes a young student recognizes the gift a teacher bestows, but often it isn’t until adulthood that the understanding and appreciation develop. Yet, the teachers continue in their selfless occupations hoping greatness will evolve in the minds of their charges.

Tell a teacher today how much you appreciate them. It will make their day.

And then say a prayer for me this weekend.

The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. Luke 6:40 NIV