The other day, a friend had a close call.
There was a smoke condition in the house. “A lot of smoke.”
It was so bad that it triggered a family member’s respiratory illness, which required immediate medical treatment.
Someone in the family called 9-1-1, the emergency crews came, and everything turned out OK.
An incident like this might not seem serious to others in the greater scheme of things, especially compared to the types of tragedies that others experience. But it’s serious to us.
There’s comfort in knowing we have people to call in our time of need, and for them we should be grateful.
Today, there are EMTs and firefighters giving up their Thanksgiving waiting for a call. There are police patrolling the streets and pulling over drunk drivers and making arrests and responding to domestic incidents and getting into tussles. There are 9-1-1 dispatchers ready to assess every emergency and bring help.
There are corrections officers guarding dangerous criminals. There are doctors and nurses and other medical staff right now caring for the sick and injured in hospitals and nursing homes and mental health facilities.
Throughout the United States and the world, there are members of our military guarding our borders and protecting us and others from harm.
They’re sacrificing their comfort and security and families, and they’re putting their lives on the line for us today.
There are so many people, these individuals and others, who are doing so many things for us without us even being consciously aware.
We don’t see them until we need them. And we often don’t thank them until they come to our rescue.
So when you’re bowing your head in prayer today, make sure you remember to thank the people who aren’t there with you now, but who will be there when you need them the most.