Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I've been glued to FOX News and the coverage of the wildfires in California! My heart goes out to all the folks who have had to evacuate, often just ahead of the flames. So many of them are holed up in shelters, waiting to learn whether their homes and possessions have been destroyed. Yet when they're interviewed by the news reporters, invariably they're upbeat and optimistic about the future. They talk about their overwhelming gratitude to be alive and to be together as a family, and they always mention the firefighters!
So today I wanted to send a shout out to the California firefighters! Despite soaring temperatures and lack of sleep, they continue to work round the clock, putting their lives on the line time and time again. They're heroes in my book.
True story: A news clip last night showed a pile of photographs, family albums and other mementos the firefighters had pulled from a burning home. Covered with a thick plastic tarp and somehow skipped by the fickle flames, the items await a family who will eventually return to find their home destroyed. No doubt, the objects the firefighters saved will be treasured always.
If you've heard of a story, please share it with us. Know some special guys or gals you'd like to recognize from your local fire department? Leave a comment and tell us about them.
I'd like to thank the firefighters in Fayette County, Georgia, for all they do to keep us safe. They're the greatest! A special thank you goes to my nephew Nick, who's a firefighter in Marin County, north of San Francisco. Nick, we're proud of you!
It's almost time for the nightly news so I'm heading for the television to see the latest update, praying the end is in sight!
Wishing you abundant blessings!