April 18, 2009
Creator and God of Heaven,
We are gathered together this morning to put the bow around months of preparation and years of dreams.
We ask you to protect those you have called into the fire service. Shower each one with amazing courage, infinite wisdom. Sprinkle them with that special grace that always lies on the shoulders of a firefighter.
Thank you for the commitment of those skilled instructors who make our graduates capable and honorable firefighters.
Let “line of duty” be an imprint for service and may these words never define more than actively doing the work they love.
In their new assignment, let each become one more great neighbor behind the big garage doors who serves the community with intelligence and imagination. Give them courage, keep them safe, keep them wise.
Surround them with supportive loved ones, capable leaders, dependable, and amiable colleagues. Help their loved ones to embrace the firefighter’s schedule; and more especially acknowledge the passion and fascination for life at the station.
Send them a Chaplain who will serve them well. Thank you, God for hearing us, and we pray with confidence knowing you have a plan for our lives marked by this signature day.
I pray in your strong and ever-present name.