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