Monday, July 3, 2017

Prayer about the loss of eight Indonesian rescue workers
Lord, today we grieve the loss of eight rescue workers, whose helicopter crashed in central Java, Indonesia. We are thankful these individuals were willing to board the National Search and Rescue helicopter in order to assist endangered tourists at the Sileri Crater area. What a tragedy that the rescuers themselves ended up dying before reaching those in need! Heavenly Father, we are thankful for the huge variety of rescue personnel (both volunteer and paid) around the world who put themselves in harm’s way every day for the good of others. What a picture of the kind of love you describe in John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” These Indonesian heroes were laying down their lives for strangers. We pray that you will bless the loved ones left behind. We pray the emergency responders’ legacy will be honored. And we pray that rescue personnel around the world will receive support and encouragement as they continue to serve their neighbors and countrymen. With gratitude we pray, amen.

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