A fairly common routine in my family came to light this week with the news that a very young Mattawan fire fighter, Nate Fruin, died on his way to a fire in the Mattawan area on Tuesday.
Linda and I began the habit of praying for the people involved in emergencies whenever we saw an ambulance, accident, or any lights and sirens. As our community mourns I am moved to reflect on the everyday valor that often goes on behind the scenes to keep our society safe and secure this side of the Fall of humanity. Sin is real, the effects of the curse are real. As a matter of fact, I would suggest that the brokenness of the world is one of the only tangible theological principles we see. We deeply experience the pain and frustration of a fallen world.
And so I would like to just take a moment to reflect my personal gratitude to the many who stand on the edge to protect society. We often think only of the military when we consider those who are in harm’s way, but what about fire-fighters, public safety officers, even EMT’s who are out on the roads in poor conditions working to arrive as quickly as possible to our emergencies. Let me voice a heartfelt “thank you!”, to those who by their very choice of career, reflect a desire to defend and protect and help others even in the face of significant self-sacrifice.
And let me encourage all my readers to let the sirens and lights be a signal to pray for both those in a time of desperate need, as well as those who are in harm’s way for the purpose of serving their fellow man.