It is summertime in Arizona. Like most years, this state is plagued by forest fires. The Telegraph fire burning near Superior is still not contained. Additionally, we are watching the Backbone fire located 12 miles west of Pine and Strawberry. News sources are keeping us posted on the Wyrick Fire burning near Heber as it sparks evacuations. Unfortunately, there are still more fires burning as I lose track of their names. How it saddens me to see the devastation left in the wake of these fires in our beautiful state. It makes me very grateful for our dedicated Fire Departments during their busiest season. We always make it a point to thank the front-line workers when we happen to run into them in the gas station or around town. What brave and hard-working men and women!
For these firefighters, summer is not the time they can go on vacation. Some are working double shifts. Some haven’t had a day off in weeks. They work and dedicate their summer to trying to manage multiple fires on multiple fronts. And thank God they do.
As I read Compline, there is a prayer in the Book of Common Prayer that really speaks to me as I think about the firefighters. It reads, “Oh God, your unfailing Providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen “
“May we never forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil”. It reminds us that we are not alone, and we need each other and each other’s talent to make it all work. So, let us give thanks for each other!
This Sunday, we have two accomplished women clergy visiting Christ Church of the Ascension to share our meal at the table. At 10:30 AM, The Rev. Canon Anita Braden will be celebrating the Holy Eucharist and at 6 PM, the Very Rev. Rebecca McClain will celebrate. What a treat for me as a new deacon to be able to serve with these incredible inspiring women. Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Deacon Jean Hawkins
Christ Church of the Ascension