FIRE FIGHTER’S PRAYER
When I’m called to duty God wherever flames may rage
grant me the strength to save a life whatever be its age
Help me to embrace a little child before it is too late
or save an older person from the horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout
and quickly and efficiently put the fire out
I want to fill my calling Lord and give the best in me
to guard my every neighbor and protect his property
And if according to your will I am to lose my life
God bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife
“Care and compensation in short supply for ailing and troubled 9/11 workers”
History Channel 9-11-01 “One day changes everything”
“You have never met me…..
I am the stranger everywhere…
Sitting next to you on the subway…..
Selling newspapers on the street…
Begging for change on the corner…
Gazing out of a corporate building…
Playing in the park…
Driving your taxi…
Babysitting your kids…
Creating the laws…
But always, always
Loving you unconditionally.
You don’t need to know me
To know that you are loved.
All the pain you feel
You are never truly alone.
My prayers are with you
Your heart will heal
The sun will shine
and your loved ones
Their places with God.
(above poem/letter-from book: “Do not be sad. A Chronicle of Healing. Children’s letters and artwork sent after 9/11 from across America to Engine 24 Ladder 5 FDNY” ISBN#: 0-941807-80-0)