Safety is on my mind these days.

As we commemorate 9/11 this month, I want to give a shout out to the first responders who tirelessly served us during those difficult days seventeen years ago. I am reminded that we have been blessed and continue to be blessed with many public servants who keep us safe. We often take them for granted, but they are there doing their job and making it possible for us to enjoy time at the playground with kids/grandkids for example.

The best things in life are still free. ūüôā

Dax was rockin’ his new Paw Patrol costume the other day so I thought it was the perfect time to salute our law enforcement officials at home and armed forces servants around the world who work tirelessly to help keep America “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Dax and I often go up to a playground near his home to hang out and get some exercise. He loves Papa to push him on the swing.¬†“Higher Papa higher!” he says without fear and doubt. I’m so thankful that he feels safe and secure in a park just a block from his home. May his kids and grand kids feel as safe as he does!

In those moments with my little friend, the thought I had was this.

Am I more vigilant with my grandkids today than I was with my kids before 9/11? Absolutely! Is the growing threat of “stranger danger” that has befallen every community in America something to take seriously? Without a doubt!

Forever more I shall be more aware of who’s around us than I was back in the 80s when I was a young dad. These days, I keep grandkids close to my side regardless of the location or time of day yet I’m still feeling relatively safe when venturing out as long as I use a little bit of common sense.

Why is that?

Two things come to mind that I am so thankful for.

  1. We do have many talented individuals in this great country of ours who can be trusted. From the police, to firefighters, to EMT’s, I feel that they have our best interests in mind.¬† We are also blessed with many good citizens who care and who watch out for each other. The Judeo-Christian ethic of practicing the golden rule is still a lingering part of our collective consciousness. May it always be so in America.
  2. At all times and in all places, believers in Jesus can trust in a God who is watching and cares deeply for his children. Isaiah 41:10 is a great comfort in times like these:

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

His promises don’t negate the danger that is real but may we never forget that God is also real and he is our ever present help in our time of need.

“Lord, thank you for the many public servants of our community who keep us safe. Bless them with diligence, bravery and keep them safe. And Lord, we thank you for your precious promises that remind us of your faithful love and care.”

Something to think about.

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