Prayer at Fire Academy Graduation Camarillo

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.

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and two cats at home.

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