Five emergency vehicles "sirened" by the church yesterday within a three minute period of time.
That was a lot of prayers.
You see, I committed myself several years ago to pray every time I heard an emergency vehicle siren.
I'm still doing that, and not so much because they need it. I do.
Yes, I pray for the First Responders. Yes, I pray for whoever it is that will be receiving the emergency care (and their families and friends).
But, honestly, I pray mostly for me, because I still need it.
You see, I was about to leave the church (my work) for the day. I was done. I wanted to get to the gym and get in my 30 minutes of treadmill before going home. I was later than I wanted to be. And sadly, still, after several years of praying at the sound of a siren, my first thought was.....
..... dang.... there's probably an accident and I'm not going to be able to get to the gym.
Yep, faithful people, I'm still working on my faith. I'm still putting myself first.
Jesus' command had a very specific order: Love God, Love others, love yourself. I do find that when I follow that order, my life tends to be more Christlike, and I end up being happier. So, I'm still working on it.
You? I hope you're working on something to help you become more faithful. If you don't have anything specific right now, I invite you to pray every time you hear an emergency siren. And be careful, you might be the one who needs the prayer the most.
To God be the Glory.
Peace in our journeys,
Pastor Steve Melde