Heroes

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

Philippians 1:3

I wrote this blog entry last year, and unfortunately, the COVID issue is still with us in the form of the Omicron variant. I was just planning to write a piece titled “Take Up Your Cross”. The content would have been similar to the entry below. Then I stumbled onto this one. Just change the dates to 2022, change the months we have been battling COVID to 21, and we are at the same place practically. Yet this year, we have another tool in the fight- the powerful weapons of vaccination and boosters in the fight against COVID. My sincere prayer is that we all continue our part in the COVID fight. We need to get vaccinated and boosted to help ourselves and our communities. We need to help our frontline workers too, – they are dying themselves…

Lots of people who are “in the trenches” every day serving others in a selfless manner, do not see themselves as heroes. Those doctors, nurses, police officers, paramedics, emergency room staff, and other first responders (and many others) will tell you that they are simply doing their jobs. And they are. The thing is, they have chosen heroic careers, even if they do not see themselves as heroes.

As this COVID-19 pandemic reaches into 2021, we are looking at over 9 months of battle with an invisible enemy. Yes, we all fight the fight. Most of us are defensive fighters- we mask up, social distance, sacrifice gathering with friends and family, etc. We are trying to cut down the overrunning of hospital capacity by our prudent behavior.

Others are on the offensive, running toward the battle. They see people falling and they run to help. Yes, that is their chosen profession. I contend that those people on the front lines are heroes, no matter whether they agree with that assessment or not.

I could not be prouder of my own children in this battle. My daughter, a physician who encounters patients at their most vulnerable times, has had to spend time away from her own family, at times, when she thought that she might be exposing them to a possible virus danger. My son, a police officer, typically makes the first contact with dangerous situations, no matter whether he knows if there is COVID-19 present or not. He does not have the luxury to ask.

Many, many front-line workers do the same, and they have done so for nearly a year without much respite. This story is repeated daily throughout this country, and indeed the whole world. I simply ask that we pray for these heroes, and thank them whenever we can.

OK, we will not call you heroes. We will just say, “Thanks for your service, and we love you”

Prayer: Lord, please protect those who protect us, Amen.

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