Here is the benediction I offered today at the 9/11 memorial service for the Asheville Fire Department. I offer it here as a prayer for all first responders that lay their lives on the line every single day.
May the peace of God go with you, wherever He may send you. May you remember well on this sacred day and rededicate yourself to a life of service. May you present your bodies as tools in the Master’s hands: May God bless your feet to move swiftly your hands to touch gently your mind to think clearly your heart to love deeply May God bless your eyes to see the truth and your ears to hear the call to serve. May God grant you courage in the face of danger comfort in the face of grief compassion in the face of suffering. May you always remember the humanity of those you serve and never become callous or jaded to the value of each individual life, created in God’s image. May you grow daily in the bond of family with your fellow firefighters and show up each day with the deep conviction that you serve something much larger than yourself. May God grant you strength to lay down your life each and every day the insanity needed to run in as all others are running out and the calm assurance that you will never run in alone. In the name of the Creator, Christ, and Comforter we ask these things. Amen.