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Thankful for First Responders

It is the first Thursday of the Month and on this day every month we want to bring attention to our first responders. We want to thank them for their service, pray for them and encourage them.

Let’s start off with reading a prayer that I found, “Father, we are so blessed to have men and women who work diligently for our safety and well-being, even when their jobs are difficult and often thankless. Help us remember to thank You for their sacrifices and service to our community. May we pray with gratitude whenever we see or personally encounter first responders. Give them the strength that You provide so that as they serve, You will be honored.”

Everyday there is something new that comes up and first responders have to jump into action. They are always willing and ready to go and do what they are trained to do. It is an exhausting job, and they hold themselves accountable for what they know. They get up because they are confident in what they are doing, they don’t hesitate to get the job done.

Joshua 1:9 says, “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

When God calls us, we are to get up and go without hesitation and we are to do so because we are to be confident in knowing that God is with us and in that we can stand firm and walk forward because in God we can be strong and courageous.

I was reading an article about scripture for first responders and the lady that wrote this article is a first responder herself and she said, “This country’s police officers, courageous soldiers and armed forces, firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics see what no one else has seen. No matter what badge they wear, each has taken an oath to protect society. Immersed in the rigors of training, nothing can prepare them for what they may see and what they may be forced to do. They will walk into the face of danger without regard of their own personal safety while everyone else runs in the other direction. These brave men and women respond without hesitation to a crisis situation when others could only shy away. Their safety and life is second.”

Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

When first responders jump in, they go all in and put themselves second. Thankfully, we have a father that tells us over and over in His Word that we are never alone in any circumstance because He is with us.

I feel like Psalms 121 is suitable for today so I’m going to read this short chapter.

“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”

All first responders who walk daily helping everyone else need to know that God is here to help them in their daily need.

We here at KJIC says thank you to all the first responders and we pray over you and that you know you are not alone God is with you always. We pray that God gives you strength and endurance, wisdom, and protection every moment of every day.

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