Prayer at the Firefighter Memorial Ventura County

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Creator of all that is good, thank you for bending low to hear the prayers of wounded but proud people.

Thank you for your own passion and tenderness towards us. We saw it in those we honor today who lived their lives protecting us.

Thank you for our memories. Let them encourage us by day, and comfort us by night. Let this memorial be a worthy and lasting reminder of all that is good, true, noble and right.

Receive our pain and replace it with peace. Take our fears and turn them to faith.

Keep us mindful that all life is fragile. Those who live in harm’s way carry extra burdens as do those who love them.

Grieving is hard work. Help us to be kind to ourselves and each other as we walk through our own valleys of shadows and death.

Take the “what ifs” and the “if only’s” and grant grace instead of grief, while we promise to remember that all give some, and some gave all.

And now, Creator and Author of Peace, who is slow to anger and abounding in love and grace, make Your face shine upon us and give us peace.

Amen

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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