The Rescuers

 
The Rescuers:  Who are they?  They’re the people like you and me.  They’re the people next door.  They have worries and unfulfilled dreams just like you and me.  They’re Rescuers; many volunteers and many seeking to make a living.  Yet they stand a little taller than most of us.  The Rescuer puts it all on the line when the time comes; day or night.  The Rescuer is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of all people.  They save lives because they have seen too much death.  They have a gentle touch because they have viewed too much of the awesome power of violent forces out of control.  The Rescuer is responsive to the laughter of a child because all too many times they have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again.  The Rescuer appreciates the simple pleasures of life… hot coffee held in numbed, unbending fingers… a warm bed for bone and muscles compelled far beyond the call of duty… the fellowship of brave co-workers… the devine peace of selfless service and a job well done in the name of all men.  Maybe most of all the pleasures comes from a tear stained cheek of someone saying, “Thank You and God Bless You.”  Who are they?  They’re the Rescuers; they don’t preach about brotherhood of man– They Live It!
 Author:  Chaplain Tom Jordan