In America, Independence Day sees red, white, and blue flags waving high and proud from flag poles, on front porches, and in the hands of children at parades and fireworks displays.
But I had never seen one of these black and white flags until my husband, a lieutenant with our city fire protection services, asked to replace our frayed old stars-and-stripes with this version, which has a blue and red stripe. My kids bought him this one for Father’s Day, where it hangs from our front porch.
The blue reminds us of our police force, that “thin blue line,” and the red reminds us of our firemen.
I like the idea of a flag that reminds us of those that protect us in small towns and big cities across our nation. While I often remember to thank God for our military and pray for them, I neglect to pray for my local police force and fire protection service as often.
But I am indeed thankful for them. From what my husband says, the job of a fireman is not all about putting out fires and saving people from burning buildings. His 24-hour shift is often spent dealing with inspections, training, car accidents, and medical calls. Firefighters must be ready at a moment’s notice to pull on their bunker gear, whether to fight a fire or assist the elderly and infirm. Often there is no one else these people can call when they fall or are struck with a sudden illness.
And with kindness and professionalism, firefighters help.
If you ever see one of these black-and-white flags with a red or blue (or red and blue) stripe, remember our firefighters and policemen. They need and deserve our respect and our prayers.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. – I Timothy 2:1,2
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. – Luke 22:32a