A firefighter’s secret prayer
Dear god, bless my hands so that they may find that one lost soul
Which reaches from the rubble
Relying on my strength
To set them free
Bless my eyes, oh god to see through the smoke and flames
To change the fate of someone who is in need
Bless my ears to hear the faint cries of a child under a bed
Or in a dark closet
Wanting to be found yet unable to realize the danger that lies in wait
and dear god bless me, to use the wisdom of my years to protect me in my quest, so that I may return home to my children and my wife.
In god I pray.
Chief Jeff A. Stricklin