As soon as I catch a glimpse of flashing lights while driving down the highway? I pray.
I don't mean when I see flashing lights behind me I pray that I don't get a ticket.
If they are behind me, I typically keep alert to see what their intentions are and pull to the right side/lane of the road.
I mean anywhere.
If I see an emergency vehicle flying down the road, see flashing lights ahead on the interstate, hear a siren cry out somewhere unseen, I pray.
I don't know what is going on, but it warrants an emergency response. There is the real possibility that someone is in trouble. And I pray.
This prayer is quick and usually identical to the last time I prayed it. But it is sincere. It goes something like this:
God, whatever is going on, please be with the people involved. Be with their friends and family as they receive the news of whatever has happened. And be with the emergency personnel who are working with the situation. In Jesus name, Amen.
It's nothing fancy, but it is real. Sometimes if I come upon the situation and can be more specific I am, but God knows my heart. He knows my well wishes for those involved. I am teaching this to Patrick as well (as I will to Abigail when she gets older), because I think it is important to pray.
To pray for a dangerous situation. To pray for the hurting. To pray for the sick. To pray for the families that might need comfort and peace. To pray for the safety of the emergency personnel. To pray for their hands to be helpful and for their emotional protection.
Praying for the unknown works for me. I hope it works for someone else too.
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